Physics 5005 - Biological Physics (Nieves)



Grading will depend on performance in periodic problem sets, a midterm exam and a final exam, with the following weights:


By all means you may work in groups on the homework assignments. Collaboration is an important part of learning and of scholarship in general. However, each student must turn in her or his own writeup of the solutions. If two individual writeups are nearly identical, neither will receive credit. In fairness to your fellow students, late homework will not be accepted.

This course is an introduction to the applications of physics to living systems for students with a physics background. The central theme of the course is to discuss how living systems generate order, with a focus on physical principles and biological examples. Topics include the properties the physics of random walks and diffusion, low-Reynolds number hydrodynamics, entropy and free energy, entropic forces and self assembly. Selected biophysics applications will be discussed based on student interest.