Failed attempt at swimming at low Reynolds number.
Vorticella stem contracting very rapidly to avoid dragging objects with it.
The aim of this course is to introduce students with a background in mathematics and elementary physics to the world of cells.
Lecture notes and problems
|A guide to Biophysics and Biomathematics|
Lecture notes for Biophysics 2011/2012
last version 8 December 2009
You are strongly encouraged to consult some of the recommended books, and especially the problems in them, in addition to these lecture notes. At the very least, have a look at the problems in the free web version of Nelson's book.
Suggested problems in Nelson's book: 1.1, 4.3, 4.4, 5.1, 5.4, 5.5, 6.2, 6.3, 7.1, 7.3, 7.5, 8.4. Suggested "Your Turn" problems: 1a, 6c, 6e, 6f, 8d, 8e.
|Video recordings of lectures in 2009|
Hosted by the IPPP. The course in 2011/12 will be similar to these lectures, with some small modifications and additions.
|1||Thursday October 6||Introduction, tour of the biological problems|
|1||Tuesday October 11||Thermodynamics intro, entropy, temperature|
|2||Thursday October 13||Entropy of ideal gas, first law, reversibility|
|2||Tuesday October 18||Efficiency, free energy|
|3||Thursday October 21||Boltzmann distribution|
|3||Tuesday October 25||Osmosis. Try Nelson's problems 1.1 and 6.2.|
|4||Thursday October 27||Reaction rates|
|4||Tuesday November 1||Depletion forces|
|5||Tuesday November 3||Random walks and diffusion|
|7||Tuesday November 15||Viscosity and friction|
|7||Thursday November 17||Reynolds number|