In these Recitations and Labs you will...

    • learn physics relevant to microscopic and living systems;
    • use 21st century physics tools and software;
    • deal with data-rich environments; and
    • learn how to design your own experiment and interpret data.

In laboratories you will work together in groups of 4 students on experiments.

Laboratories will cover 5 experiments, three of them lasting 3 weeks, two lasting 2 weeks. At the end of each experiment you will work in the lab to finish a laboratory report.

There will be pre-readings for some laboratories that you will be able to access through webassign just like the regular readings.

The recitation sections will be group problem solving. Typically, you will work through an extended multi-part problem often with a biological context.

RecitationLab TopicPre-Lab Reading
Week 1
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Week 2
How a kinesin walks Lab 6a: Modeling Fluid Flow Viscosity
Week 3
Entropy and diffusion Lab 6b: Modeling Fluid Flow
Week 4
Insane in the membrane, part 1: Oil and water Lab 7a: Analyzing electric forces in a fluid Electrokinetics and Colloid Behavior & The Double Layer
Week 5
Insane in the membrane, part 2: Lipid bilayers Lab 7b: Analyzing electric forces in a fluid  
Week 6
What is "free" about free energy? Lab 7c: Analyzing electric forces in a fluid
Week 7
Salting out and denaturing DNA Lab 8a: Modeling signal transmission along nerve axons
Week 8
Diatomic vibrations Lab 8b: Modeling signal transmission along nerve axons
Week 9
Intro to light Lab 8c: Modeling signal transmission along nerve axons
Week 10
Spectroscopy: How does light interact with matter? Lab 9a: Geometric optics Three Models of Light
Week 11
Seeing Inside the Body Lab 9b: Geometric optics
Week 12
Photosynthesis Lab 10a: Analyzing light spectra and exploring implications for living systems  Color and Light
Week 13
Why do we see in the visible? Lab 10b: Analyzing light spectra and exploring implications for living systems
Week 14
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Week 15
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Week 16
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