University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Phys 4911.001

Introduction to Biopolymer Physics

Session: Spring 2015 (1/20-5/08)
Instructor: Jochen Mueller (e-mail: mueller @
Time: 1115 TTh
Location: Phys 236A

This course is a survey course in soft condensed matter physics emphasis on biological physics. It will explore the physical ideas involved in the experimental and theoretical understanding of biological and synthetic macromolecules and materials. This course is for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students in physics, other sciences, or engineering. The skills and knowledge from Physics 1301W/1302W/2503 or Physics 1201W/1202W are assumed. The fundamental ideas of probability and statistics will be used freely. Applications include the behavior of polymer chains including rubber and DNA, cell mechanics, molecular motors, and membrane mechanics.

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