8.241 Introduction to Biological Physics


Class Info

Introduces the main concepts of biological physics, with a focus on biophysical phenomena at the molecular and cellular scales. Presents the role of entropy and diffusive transport in living matter; challenges to life resulting from the highly viscous environment present at microscopic scales, including constraints on force, motion and transport within cells, tissues, and fluids; principles of how cellular machinery (e.g., molecular motors) can convert electro-chemical energy sources to mechanical forces and motion. Also covers polymer physics relevant to DNA and other biological polymers, including the study of configurations, fluctuations, rigidity, and entropic elasticity.

This class has 8.02, 8.044, and 5.60 as prerequisites.

8.241 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Spring semester, and will be instructed by J. Gore.

Lecture occurs 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays in 4-257.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

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