Physics 174 Syllabus, Fall 2016


Professor Henry Greenside     hsg@phy.duke.edu   919-660-2548     Physics 097
Professor John Mercer     jmercer@duke.edu   919-660-7354     Bio Sci 239
Course email: phy174@phy.duke.edu


Welcome      Time and Place      Prerequisites      What You Need      Class Policy     

Grading      Office Hours      References     

Welcome:

Time and Place

Prerequisites:

    The recommended background is knowledge at the Advanced Placement level or higher in biology, physics, calculus, and chemistry, with biology and physics being more important than calculus and chemistry. The more you know about these subjects, the more you will get out of the course. However, it is ok if you don't know one or more of these subjects since the course will be set up such that students with different backgrounds will be collaborating.

What You Need:

  1. A computer with access to the Internet and a browser like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. You will need to access the 174 webpage, the Duke Sakai website, the 174 Piazza website, and various other Internet resources.

  2. There are no required textbooks for this course. However, given the interdisciplinary nature of biophysics and the breadth of topics covered this semester, you should own a small library of textbooks corresponding to material covered in Duke introductory courses in physics, chemistry, biology, and calculus. If you don't have copies of such books, you can purchase inexpensive used copies via the Internet.

    We also encourage you to look at the two undergraduate (but upper-level) biophysics texts (see below) that we have placed on reserve in Perkins library. Either book would make a good reference if you plan to become a biophysics major.

Class Policy

Grading

Office Hours

References

    The following two books are commonly used in upper-level undergraduate biophysics courses like Physics 414 at Duke.

    1. Biological Physics, Updated Edition, Philip Nelson (W. H. Freeman, 2007).

    2. Physical Biology of the Cell, Second Edition by Rob Phillips, Jane Kondev, Julie Theriot, and Hernan Garcia (Garland Science, 2012).


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