Fall 2013 not offered
MB&B 301, CHEM 509, MB&B 509|
|Certificates: Informatics and Modeling, Molecular Biophysics|
This course is an introduction to the branch of inquiry in the life sciences concerned with understanding the structures, functional energetics, and mechanisms of biological systems at the molecular level. Topics covered will include Brownian motion and its implications; theories of macromolecular binding, specificity, and catalysis; ion channels; molecular motors; self-assembly processes and single-molecule manipulations; protein and nucleic acid structure; physics of biopolymers; rate processes; mechanical and adhesive properties of biomolecules; molecular manipulation techniques; cell membrane structure; membrane channels and pumps; and molecular motors.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: (CHEM251 AND CHEM252)
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Philip Nelson, BIOLOGICAL PHYSICS: ENERGY, INFORMATION, LIFE (U. of Pennsylvania)
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The level of this course is keyed to graduate and undergraduate students interested in participating in the Molecular Biophysics Program at Wesleyan. Suitable also as an elective for biological chemistry majors and any interested graduate students from NSM departments.
Prerequisites: For graduate students, none. For undergraduates, at least two years of courses toward a major in the natural sciences and mathematics, plus differential and integral calculus.