BIOL
W4082
Theoretical Foundations and Applications of Physical Methods
Semester: 
Spring 2014
Section Number: 
001
Days of the Week: 
Tuesdays
Thursdays
Time: 
11:40am - 12:55pm
Number of Credits: 
3
Course Description: 

Prerequisites: At least one year of coursework in single-variable calculus and not being freaked-out by multivariable calculus. Physics coursework through a calculus-based treatment of classical mechanics and electromagnetism. One year of general chemistry (either AP chemistry or a college course). One year of college coursework in molecular/cellular biology and biochemistry equivalent to Biology C2005-2006 at Columbia. Rigorous introduction to the theory underlying biophysical methods, which are illustrated by practical applications to biomedical research. Emphasizes the approach used by physical chemists to understand and analyze the behavior of molecules, while also preparing students to apply these methods in their own research. Course modules cover: (i) statistical analysis of data; (ii) solution thermodynamics; (iii) hydrodynamic methods; (iv) light-scattering methods; & (v) spectroscopic methods, especially fluorescence. Recitations focus on curve-fitting analyses of experimental data.

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