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2.3 What does relationship mean in systematics? G.G. Simpson

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Dr. Patterson continues to look at Simpson’s answer to the meaning of ‘relationship’ in systematics, and illustrates this by referring to a diagrams showing how the
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1.1 Introduction

To the lay person, it might seem surprising that there is any problem with the recognition of higher taxa. The very existence of long-established vernacular names for inclusive groupings of species (e.g. finches, thrushes, parrots and hawks as distinct groups of birds) suggests that higher taxa are self-evident. Accordingly, the task of the taxonomist might seem merely to consist of recognising these groupings and assembling them in a hierarchy of increasingly inclusive categories.

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After studying this unit you should:

  • know some basic definitions and terminology associated with scalars and vectors and how to represent vectors in two dimensions;

  • understand how vectors can be represented in three (or more) dimensions and know both plane polar and Cartesian representations;

  • know ways to operate on and combine vectors.


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Introduction

This unit introduces the topic of vectors. The subject is developed without assuming you have come across it before, but the unit assumes that you have previously had a basic grounding in algebra and trigonometry, and how to use Cartesian coordinates for specifying a point in a plane.

This is an adapted extract from the Open University course Mathematical methods and models (MST209)
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1 Modelling with Fourier series

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After studying this unit you should be able to:

  • understand how the wave and diffusion partial differential equations can be used to model certain systems;

  • determine appropriate simple boundary and initial conditions for such models;

  • find families of solutions for the wave equation, damped wave equation, diffusion equation and similar homogeneous linear second-order partial differential equations, subject to simple boundary conditions, using the meth
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Introduction

This unit shows how partial differential equations can be used to model phenomena such as waves and heat transfer. The prerequisite requirements to gain full advantage from this unit are an understanding of ordinary differential equations and basic familiarity with partial differential equations.

This unit is an adapted extract from the course Mathematical methods and models (MST209
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1 First-order differential equations

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First-order differential equations

This unit introduces the topic of differential equations. The subject is developed without assuming that you have come across it before, but it is taken for granted that you have a basic grounding in calculus. In particular, you will need to have a good grasp of the basic rules for differentiation and integration.

This unit is an adapted extract from the course Mathematical methods and
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1.5 Exercises

Exercise 1

A vector a has magnitude |a| = 7 and direction θ = −70°. Calculate the component form of a, giving the components correct to two decimal places.

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1.4.3 Velocity

Another vector quantity which crops up frequently in applied mathematics is velocity. In everyday English, the words ‘speed’ and ‘velocity’ mean much the same as each other, but in scientific parlance there is a significant difference between them.

Velocity and speed

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1.4.2 Displacements and bearings

The displacement from a point P to a point Q is the change of position between the two points, as described by the displacement vector

If P and Q represent places on the ground, then it is natural to use a bearing to describe the direct
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1.4.1 Bearings

In the following subsections, we apply the vector ideas introduced so far to displacements and velocities. The examples will feature directions referred to points of the compass, known as bearings.

The direction of Leeds relative to Bristol can be described as ‘15° to the East of due North’, or N 15° E. This is an instance of a bearing. Directions on the ground are typically given like this, in terms of the directions North (N), South (S), East (E)
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1.3: Summing vectors given in geometric form

The following activity illustrates how the conversion processes outlined in the preceding sections may come in useful. If two vectors are given in geometric form, and their sum is sought in the same form, one approach is to convert each of the vectors into component form, add their corresponding components, and then convert the sum back to geometric form.

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