This course
hopefully will help us to figure out how much physics is involving on the
life, among them thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, low Reynolds’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.
