The IPLS physics recitation and labs use biological examples to teach the same – or more – physics that you would have learned in the “traditional” or “modern” flavors of intro physics. We expect it to be more interesting, more relevant and (we hope) more fun for life-sciences people. Fair warning: it will also be more chaotic.
- General information (course policies, logistics, etc.)
- Technical and scientific information (software, hardware, actual biology and physics)
Week-by-week specifics will be updated in the schedule below as the semester progresses. Quizzes and Recitations are posted on Piazza.
|Date||Pre-reading||Quiz / Tutorial / Recitation||Lab Instructions||Writeup due||
|8/24 (1)||none||Tutorial: vectors||none||none|
|8/31 (2)||Recitation: How big is a worm?||1a: Neutrophil velocity||End of lab|
|9/7 (3)||Recitation: The cat and the antelope||1b: Neutrophil velocity||See below.||Labor day (M)|
|9/14 (4)||Quiz||Write up 1b data during lab.||End of lab.|
|9/21 (5)||none||Quiz||2a: Viscous drag and terminal velocity||See below.|
|9/28 (6)||Recitation: DNA as a spring.||2b: Viscous drag and terminal velocity||Upload data during lab.
|Exam on Monday|
|10/5 (7)||none||Quiz and
Recitation: Hydrogen bonding
|Work on viscous drag writeup.||Writeup due by next lab.|
|10/12 (8)||none||Recitation: Electrophoresis||3a: Brownian motion||Extremely short individual writeup due by next lab||Columbus Day (M/T)|
|10/19 (9)||none||Quiz||3b: Brownian motion||See next week|
|10/26 (10)||none||Recitation: Fish bladder||3c: Brownian motion||Writeup due by next lab.|
|11/2 (11)||none||Recitation: Circulatory system||4: Drift + Brownian motion||Writeup due by next lab.|
|11/9 (12)||none||Quiz (buoyancy)||5: Vesicle transport||See next week.|
|11/16 (13)||none||Quiz (energy)||5: Analysis of vesicle transport||Writeup due by next lab.|
|11/23 (14)||Thanksgiving break|
|12/2 (15)||Quiz (heat capacity)||X: Makeup lab||Quiz/recitation for all.
Makeup lab only for those who need it