Fall 2019 - PHYS 847 G100

Topics in Soft-Condensed Matter and Biological Physics (3)

Class Number: 5869

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
    Location: TBA

    Th 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
    WMC 3251, Burnaby

  • Corequisites:

    PHYS 841.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

An introduction to one of several topics in soft-condensed matter and biological physics. Recent versions of this course have focused on polymers, liquid crystals, structures of biological membranes, and cell mechanics.

COURSE DETAILS:

Review of molecular biology
Numbers, lengthscales, timescales, and energy scales
Structural and material properties of biomolecules: nucleic acids, proteins, membranes
Random walks and polymer physics
Enzyme kinetics
Energy, entropy, free energy, and molecular machines
Cell mechanics
Biological networks
Information transmission, signaling, and protein allostery
Experimental techniques, especially single-molecule biophysics
Simulation techniques

Grading

  • Homework 45%
  • Research proposal 20%
  • Final 25%
  • Quizzes/reading assignments 10%

Graduate Studies Notes:

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Registrar Notes:

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