# Introduction to Mathematics for Life Scientists by Edward Batschelet

By Edward Batschelet

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Two families of the same order are by definition disjoint, that is, they have no species in common. Their intersection is an empty set. 3. Consider lines as infinite sets of points. The intersection of two straight lines in a plane is a single point if the lines have different directions, or the empty set if they are parallel, or a line if the two given lines fall together. 7 The symbols u and II were proposed by the Italian mathematician Giuseppe Peano in 1888. Occasionally the symbol u is called a cup and the symbol II a cap.

00 x 10 10 cm sec- 1 A. 2 cm. 11. Fractional Powers In the previous sections the exponents were always integers, either positive, negative or zero. Now we introduce exponents that are fractions. Using an intuitive approach we consider an equality such as 23 = 8. Let n be one of the integers 2, 3, 4, ... and raise each side of the equality to the n-th power. This gives (2 3 = 8n or by a well-known rule for the power of a power: 2 3n = 8n• Conversely we reduce the last equality when we divide each exponent by n.

Two orders of magnitude" would then mean a factor of about 102 = 100, etc. 1. Lampert et al. (1969) measured the dry mass of herpes simplex virus particles (strain 11140) by means of an electron microscope. The core weighs 2 x 10- 16 g, the empty naked capsid 5 x 10- 16 g, the full naked capsid 7 x 10- 16 g, and the enveloped nucleocapsid 13 x 10- 16 g. Of what order of magnitude is the weight of a complete herpes simplex virus particle? Solution: Addition of the above approximate values leads to 15 x 10 - 16 g.