Appendix Math Background

It is certain that some of the mathematical concepts and tools that we routinely invoke here are not familiar to all of our readers. In this first chapter alone, we have

Modell Goldbeter Lefever

Figure 1.9 Solution of the Goldbeter-Lefever model with v = 200, n = 120.

used nondimensionalization, phase-plane analysis, linear stability analysis, bifurcation theory, and asymptotic analysis, all the while assuming that these are familiar to the reader.

The purpose of this appendix is to give a brief guide to those techniques that are a basic part of the applied mathematician's toolbox but that may not be familiar to all our readers.

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