PHYS 498 BP - Special Topics in Physics
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: The course is meant for advanced undergraduate or graduate students in Physics who MIGHT have an interest in biology, or biophysics. Why should you be interested? Physics, it turns out, has played a revolutionary role in biology, both in terms of using and developing new tools of which one can see entirely new realms of space and time, and in terms of learning about new biological processes. Not surprisingly, the world of living things ? biology ? is constrained by the laws of physics and by knowing and applying those laws one can get new insights. Visualizing Molecular Dynamics (VMD), for example, is a computer program that applies F=ma to a protein and can watch it wiggle and fold. Light microscopy has been essential towards seeing how these proteins move, and recent transformations of the technique? breaking the so-called diffraction-limit of light?is ushering in yet another revolution. Or consider evolution, perhaps the most fundamental