Before we can begin construction of a computer simulation of mutational meltdown, we need to make some simplifying assumptions and come up with mathematical representations of the underlying processes. In this section we will describe mathematical models that simplify the complex processes that occur in nature.

Each of the biological processes described in the top level section -- mutation, reproduction, extinction, etc -- is described again in this section, this time in terms of how they are represented in the mathematical model.

- 3.1 Genes
- 3.2 Reproduction
- 3.3 Mutation
- 3.4 Effects of Mutations
- 3.5 Relative Fitness
- 3.6 Population Size
- 3.7 Reproductive Rate
- 3.8 Analytical Model of Extinction Time
- 3.9 Exercises