PHYS3993Biophysics (A)3 ch (3C)

Role within programme and connections to other courses. The study of biophysics offers a new perspective on physics through application to the biological sciences. It involves the integration of diverse concepts seen in introductory physics as well as elements of thermodynamics and fluid physics. It highlights the usefulness of physical thinking and a physicist’s perspective in the study of biological phenomena. Content. Biomechanics, the optics of vision, sound, hearing & echolocation, fluids in motion, the thermodynamics of life, physics at the cellular level, electricity and magnetism in biological systems. Usually alternates with Medical Physics.

Prerequisites: PHYS 1061, PHYS 1062, PHYS 1091, PHYS 1092 or equivalent plus MATH 1003 or MATH 1053, MATH 1013 or MATH 1063, BIOL 1001, BIOL 1012 .