Five College Consortium

Biophysics

Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2018
Subject Name: 
Biology
Course Number: 
400
Institution: 
Amherst College

(Offered as PHYS 400, BIOL 400, BCBP 400, and CHEM 400) How do the physical laws that dominate our lives change at the small length and energy scales of individual molecules? What design principles break down at the sub-cellular level and what new chemistry and physics becomes important? We will answer these questions by looking at bio-molecules, cellular substructures, and control mechanisms that work effectively in the microscopic world. How can we understand both the static and dynamic shape of proteins using the laws of thermodynamics and kinetics? How has the basic understanding of the smallest molecular motor in the world, ATP synthase, changed our understanding of friction and torque? We will explore new technologies, such as atomic force and single molecule microscopy that have allowed research into these areas. This course will address topics in each of the three major divisions of Biophysics: bio-molecular structure, biophysical techniques, and biological mechanisms.


Requisite: CHEM 161, PHYS 116/123, PHYS 117/124, BIOL 191 or evidence of equivalent coverage in pre-collegiate courses.  Spring semester.  Professor Carter.

Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Crosslisted Section ID: 
PHYS-400-01,BCBP-400-01,BIOL-400-01,CHEM-400-01
Schedule #: 
BIOL-400-01-1718S

Course Sections

Biophysics
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Ashley Carter acarter@amherst.edu TTH 11:30AM-12:50PM MERR 300A