This course will introduce students to major topics in biophysics with an emphasis on the statistical physics of biological systems at the microscopic or molecular level. Topics covered will include molecular motors, self-assembly, and single-molecule manipulation. Students will learn how physical arguments and reasoning can provide significant insight into the design and function of biological systems. While this course is geared toward students who have had a full year of calculus-based physics, relevant concepts in biology and chemistry will be introduced as needed. No detailed knowledge of biology or chemistry beyond the high-school level is required for this course.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (BIOL)(CIS)(MB&B)(MOBI-MN)(PHYS)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Philip Nelson, Biological Physics: Energy, Information, Life (with New Art by David Goodsell), First Edition; Macmillan; ISBN 978-0-7167-9897-2
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Students will complete weekly problem sets and participate in creating an online glossary of concepts and terminology covered. In lieu of a final exam, students will write a research paper utilizing primary literature as the predominate source material.
|Instructor(s): Etson,Candice M. Times: .M.W.F. 09:50AM-10:40AM; Location: SCIE109; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 14||SR major: 2||JR major: 2|| || |
|Seats Available: 3||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 2||SO: 3||FR: 3|
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