Biological Physics

This course is part of the degree programme in Physics

General information

CourseBiological Physics
Credits 6
Professor prof. Andrea ALESSANDRINI

Brief content description

Knowledge and understanding: At the end of the course, students will gain knowledge on the kinds of forces which act in aqueous environment on molecular biological systems. They will recognize the role that those forces play in determining the structure of biopolymers and biomembranes. They will recognize the role that statistical fluctuations play in determining the functioning of two-state biosystems. They will make experience of a large number of such systems of biological origin. The student will also learn the role of mechanical properties in systems of biological interest. Applying knowledge and understanding: At the end of the course, students will be able to apply the learnt concepts to several biological systems. Making judgements: Passing the final examination, students will be able to recognize the various types of interactions acting in various biological phenomena, will know aspects of the continuous mechanics which are relevant for systems of biological interest (cells and lipid bilayers) and will have a basic knowledge of the main experimental techniques suitable to study those interactions. Communication skills: Passing the final examination, students will be able to talk about the subjects studied during the course with a suitable technical language and using a correct mathematical formalism. Learning skills: The study, partially done on textbooks in English, will help students learning in an autonomous fashion and will enable them deepening further topics.

How to apply for a single course

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