L31 Physics 352 Physics of Biomolecules

This course emphasizes the application of physical laws and concepts in understanding biomolecules and their interactions, and in developing tools to investigate their biological properties and functionalities. Topics include (1) a general introduction to biomolecules and cells, (2) physics of biopolymers as modeled by stochastic analyses, (3) transport processes in biological systems including diffusion, reaction kinetics and "life at low Reynolds number," and (4) the physics of fluorescence and its contemporary applications to dynamics of biomolecules, such as optical tweezers. Prerequisite: Physics 117–118 or Physics 197–198. Some familiarity with thermodynamics; Chem 111A–112A recommended.

Credit 3 units. A&S: NS A&S IQ: NSM, AN

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