This course hopefully will help us to figure out how much physics is involving on the life, among them thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, low Reynold's number hydrodynamics, phase transition, molecular motors, and charged systems. The text book is a very interesting book which also serves to introduce much of the conceptual material underlying the young fields of nanotechnology and soft materials. Definitely, I am not going to teach Biology in this course, as I don’t know that myself! This is very much a physics course, and will emphasize the quantitative aspects of biological phenomena. I strongly recommend all students to read this and this before taking the course.
Some homework problems require some computational work. A basic knowledge of computing (Mathematica or MATLAB) would likely come in handy.
Even though I will briefly review some thermodynamics concepts, basic knowledge of statistical mechanics and thermodynamics are necessary. |