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Cornell University    
 
    
 
  Dec 17, 2017
 
Courses of Study 2017-2018
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AEP 2520 - The Physics of Life

(crosslisted) ENGRD 2520  
     
Spring. 3 credits. Letter grades only.

Prerequisite: MATH 1920 , CHEM 2070  or CHEM 2090 . Corequisite: PHYS 2213 .

H. Craighead.

Introduces the physics of biological macromolecules (e.g., proteins, DNA, RNA) to students of the physical sciences or engineering who have little or no background in biology. The macromolecules are studied from three perspectives. First, the biological role or function of each class of macromolecules is considered. Second, a quantitative description of the physical interactions that determine the behavior ofthese systems is provided. Finally, techniques that are commonly used to probe these systems, with an emphasis on current research, are discussed.

Outcome 1: An introductory-level understanding of molecular biology.

Outcome 2: An understanding of the importance of basic physics, math and chemistry concepts to molecular biology.

Outcome 3: An understanding of the importance of physics/math/engineering in developing techniques to probe biological systems.



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