Week of Topics
23 Aug. Introduction to class; The scale of things - units and dimensions
30 Aug. Introduction to probability
6 Sept. More on probability; Plinkos and the binomial distribution
13 Sept. Random walks in one, two and three dimensions
20 Sept. Random walks continued; Distribution of end-to-end distances; The Gaussian distribution
27 Sept. Diffusion; Fick's laws
4 Oct. More on diffusion: Molecular motions in gasses and liquids
11 Oct. Fall Break!
18 Oct. Biological implications of diffusion: Water loss from plants and bacterial chemotaxis
25 Oct. Thermodynamics: Energy, heat, work and entropy
1 Nov. Thermodynamics continued: Free energy and chemical thermodynamics
8 Nov. Water and hydrophobicity
15 Nov. Lipids and biological membranes
22 Nov. Protein folding: Energetics, mechanisms and when things go wrong
29 Nov. Molecular motors
6 Dec. Molecular motors continued
Final Exam: Monday, 13 Dec. 8:00 to 10:00 AM