Biophysics I

Course Code :1001WETBFY
Study domain:Physics
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:2nd semester
Sequentiality:Credit for General physics I & II, Mathematical methods for physics I, II & III, Experimental physics I, Introduction to analytical mechanics, Computer practicum and Introduction to chemistry OR enrolled for bachelor mathematics
Contact hours:30
Credits:3
Study load (hours):84
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Sabine Van Doorslaer

3. Course contents *

In this course we provide an introduction on the building blocks of life (proteins, DNA, cel structures). Then, different aspects of kinetics in biology (from enzyme kinetics to population kinetics) are discussed mathematically. The common physical methods used for the determination of enzyme kinetics are described. In a next chapter, examples of applications of probability theory in biology are discussed. Afterwards, we discuss some thermodynamical aspects of biological problems. In this chapter, thermodynamical terms, such as the electrochemical potential, are being discussed. These concepts are important to understand the biophysics of the neuron, described in the next chapter. This last chapter forms the ideal transition to the last chapter on biomechanics, where we will see that motion is linked to both marcroscopic and microscopic aspects and a link will be provided to the earlier chapters.