Current Courses

Myosin V molecular motor walks on actin filaments. Yildiz et al., Science, 2003.
Fall 2013: PHY-590 - Biological Physics
This course introduces advanced undergraduates or graduate students with a background in physical or life science to the following physical principles that apply to biological molecules and cells: life in moving fluids, diffusion in cells, statistical mechanics of crowding, dynamics of self-assembly, molecular motors, neural transport, and dynamics of biological networks. These principles are applied to architecture for cells and skeletons, enzymes as molecular machines, membranes, and DNA.
Textbook: Physical Biology of the Cell by Phillips, Kondev, Theriot, and Garcia, Second Edition, Garland Science.
Prerequisites: one year of university physics, and corresponding math (calculus).
Time: M/W/F 11:15am - 12:05pm

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"The Theory of Relativity", the sixth and last sculpture of the Walk of Ideas in Berlin.
Spring 2013: PHY-284 - Modern Physics
PHY-284 is the 4th term in the introductory physics sequence at UMass Amherst. In this course we will explore two fundamental topics in modern physics: Relativity and Quantum Mechanics. In the first 3 weeks, the course will cover Special Relativity and a little bit of General Relativity. We will then discuss the experimental evidence for Quantum Mechanics, Schrodinger's equation, and some introductory examples of QM including its application to modern microscopes.
Textbook: P. Tipler, R. Llewellyn. Modern Physics - 5th ed. ISBN-10: 0716775506
Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of classical Newtonian mechanics, electromagnetism and waves; a solid background in elementary calculus and complex numbers, with proficiency in algebraic manipulation, trigonometry, derivation and integration (tables of integrals will be allowed), simple differential equations.
Time: M/W/F 12:20pm - 1:10pm

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