PHYS 498 BP - Introduction to Biological Physics
Last offered Spring 2021
Subject offerings of new and developing areas of knowledge in physics intended to augment the existing curriculum. See Class Schedule or departmental course information for topics and prerequisites. Course Information: 1 to 4 undergraduate hours. 1 to 4 graduate hours. May be repeated in the same or separate terms if topics vary.
INTRODUCTION TO BIOLOGICAL PHYSICS: This course is meant for advanced undergraduate or graduate students in Physics who have pondered the connection between biology and physics. Physics has played a revolutionary role in biology, creating instruments (ultra-resolution microscopy, cryo-EM) that allow us to see entirely new realms of space and time, modeling biological processes such as protein folding in unprecedented detail using realistic force fields, and developing theoretical frameworks such as energy landscapes to tie together disparate biological observations. The world of living things ? biology ? is constrained by the laws of physics and likewise, there is new and interesting physics to be found in biological systems. The course highlights such topics of current interest and is team-taught by Physics and Biophysics Faculty in two-week segments designed to build upon each other. Readings, Homework/Reports/Data analysis will be assigned, using software packages such as Visu