Schedule (Fall 2016)

Class time: MWF 9:05 – 9:55   Class location: Clough 102

Notes:

• This schedule is tentative and subject to change. Reading Assignments are online; commentary in WebAssign is due at midnight the evening before the lecture.

Week 1

8/22 1 1 Introduction to the class
1.1 The disciplines: Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Math
1.1.1 Science as making models
1.1.4 What Physics can do for Biologists
1.2 Thinking about Thinking and Knowing
1.2.1 The nature of scientific knowledge
1.2.3 Knowing-how-we-know icons
Why is this class different?
8/24 2 2. Modeling with mathematics
2.1 Using math in science
2.1.1 How math in science is different from math in math
2.1.2 Measurement
2.1.3 Dimensions and units
Modeling, estimation and dimensional analysis
8/26 3 2.1.3.1 Complex dimensions and dimensional analysis
2.1.3.2 Changing units
2.1.4 Estimation
2.1.4.1 Useful numbers
2.2.3 The idea of algebra: unknowns and relationships
2.2.3.1 Symbols in science
3.1.2.1.2 Vector subtraction
Coordinates, vectors

Week 2

Recitation:
How big is a worm?
8/29 4 3.1.1 Coordinates
3.1.2 Vectors
3.1.3 Time
3.1.4 Kinematics, Graphs
2.2.5 Values, change, and rates of change
2.2.5.1 Derivatives
Rate of change and velocity
8/31 5 2.2.5.1.1 What is a derivative, anyway?
3.2 Kinematic Variables
3.2.1 Velocity
3.2.1.1 Average velocity
3.2.1.2 Instantaneous velocity
3.2.1.3 Calculating with average velocity
Instantaneous and average velocity
9/2 6 3.2.2 Acceleration
3.2.2.1 Average acceleration
3.2.2.2 Instantaneous acceleration
3.2.2.3 Calculating with constant acceleration
3.2.3 Kinematics graphs and consistency
3.2.3.1 Reading the content in the kinematics equations
Acceleration

Week 3

Recitation:
The cat and the antelope
9/5 LABOR DAY (no class)
9/7 7 4.1 Newton’s Laws
4.1.1 Physical content of Newton’s Laws
4.1.1.1 Object egotism:
4.1.1.2 Inertia
4.1.1.3 Interactions
4.1.1.4 Superposition:
4.1.1.5 Mass
4.1.1.6 Reciprocity
Intro to Newton’s laws; systems and their surroundings
9/9 8 4.1.2 Formulation of Newton’s laws as foothold principles
4.1.2.2 Newton 0
4.1.2.2.1 Free-body diagrams
4.1.2.2.2 System Schema Introduction
Physical content of Newton’s laws

Week 4: TEST 1 Mon. 9/12

Recitation:
Forces for objects & systems
9/12 9 4.1.2.3 Newton’s 1st law
4.1.2.4 Newton’s 2nd law
4.1.2.4.1 Reading the content in Newton’s 2nd law
4.1.2.4.2 Newton 2 as a stepping rule
Newton’s first and second laws
9/14 10 4.1.2.5 Newton’s 3rd law
4.1.2.5.1 Using system schemas for Newton’s 3rd law
4.1.2.5.1 Center of mass
Newton’s third law
9/16 11 4.1.2 Formulation of Newton’s Laws as foothold principles
4.1.2.1 Quantifying impulse and force
The Impulse-Momentum Theorem

Week 5

Recitation:
The spring constant of DNA
9/19 12 4.2 Kinds of Forces
4.2.1 Springs
4.2.1.1 Realistic springs
Go over test 1; Forces: springs, tension, and normal forces
9/21 13 4.2.1.2 Normal forces
4.2.1.2.1 A simple model of solid matter
4.2.1.3 Tension forces
Forces: springs, tension, and normal forces
9/23 14 4.2.2 Resistive forces
4.2.2.1 Friction
4.2.2.2 Viscosity
4.2.2.3 Drag
Resistive forces: drag and viscosity

Week 6

Recitation:
Propelling a paramecium
9/26 15 4.2.3 Gravitational forces
4.2.3.1 Flat-earth gravity
4.2.3.1.1 Free-fall in flat-earth gravity
4.2.3.3 The gravitational field
Gravitational force
9/28 16 4.2.4 Electric forces
4.2.4.1 Charge and the structure of matter
4.2.4.2 Polarization
4.2.4.3 Coulomb’s law
Electric force and polarization
9/30 17 No reading review for test

Week 7: TEST 2 Mon. 10/3

Recitation:
Electric force and Hydrogen bonding
10/3 18 4.2.4.3 Coulomb’s law
4.2.4.3.1 Coulomb’s law — vector character
4.2.4.3.2 Reading the content in Coulomb’s law
Coulomb’s law
10/5 19 4.2.4.4 The Electric field The electric field

Week 8

Recitation:
Electrophoresis
10/10 FALL BREAK (no class)
10/12 21 4.3 Coherent vs. random motion
4.3.1 Linear momentum
4.3.1.1 Restating Newton’s 2nd law: momentum
Coherent motion: momentum
10/14 22 4.3.1.2 Momentum conservation Momentum conservation

Week 9

Recitation:
Gas properties and pressure
10/17 23 Fields; Emergence No reading
10/19 24 1.1.3 Reductionism and emergence
4.3.2 The role of randomness: Biological implications
4.3.3 Diffusion and random walks
Random motion and emergence
10/21 25 4.3.3.1 Fick’s law
4.3.3.1.1 Reading the content in Fick’s fist law
Diffusion and Fick’s law

Week 10: TEST 3 Mon. 10/24

Recitation:
Cell polarization and activation
10/24 26 5. Macro models of matter
5.1.1 Density-solids
5.1.2 Young’s modulus
5.1.6 Soft matter
5.1.6.1 Mechanical properties of cells
Solids and gels
10/26 27 5.2 Fluids
5.2.1 Pressure
I-2 The micro-macro connection
7.1 Kinetic theory: the ideal gas law
Basics of fluids: pressure
10/28 28 5.2.2 Archimedes’ Principle
5.2.3 Buoyancy
5.2.5.2.1 Surface tension
Fluid statics: buoyancy

Week 11

Recitation: Fluid flow
Estimating capillariesHold the mayo
10/31 29 No reading catch up
11/2 30 5.2.6 Fluid flow
5.2.6.1 Quantifying fluid flow
5.2.6.2 The continuity equation
Fluid flow
11/4 31 5.2.6.3 Internal flow — the HP equation Fluid flow with resistance

Week 12

Recitation:
Energy skate park
11/7 32 6. Energy: The Quantity of Motion
6.1 Kinetic energy and the work-energy theorem
6.1.1 Reading the content in the Work-Energy theorem
Work and kinetic energy: gravity
11/9 33 6.2 Energy of place — potential energy
6.2.1 Gravitational potential energy
Potential energy: gravity
11/11 34 6.2.2 Spring potential energy
6.2.3 Electric potential energy
Potential energy: spring and electric

Week 13

No recitation
11/14 35 No reading Practice with energy
11/16 36 6.3 The conservation of mechanical energy
6.3.1 Interpreting mechanical energy graphs
Mechanical energy: conservation
11/18 37 6.3.2 Mechanical energy loss — thermal energy
6.3.3 Forces from potential energy
Loss of mechanical energy

Recitation:
Protein folding

Week 15

Recitation:
Temperature regulation
11/28 39 6.4.1 Energy at the sub-molecular level
6.4.2 Atomic and Molecular forces
6.4.2.1 Interatomic forces
6.4.2.1.1 The Lennard-Jones potential
6.4.2.2 Chemical bonding
Electric potential energy and molecular forces
11/30 40 (PDF on webassign) more on collisions
12/2 41 (PDF on webassign) more on collisions, conservation of energy