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Math & Science Center - E116
Cross-listed as PHYS 434.
This course will emphasize that all living systems have evolved to perform certain tasks in specific contexts. There are a lot fewer tasks and contexts than there are different biological solutions that nature has created. The problems, which live on the intersection of physics and biology, are universal, while the solutions may be organism-specific. Thus a lot can be understood about the physical structure of biological systems by focusing on understanding why they do what they do in addition to how they do it on molecular or cellular scales. In particular, this way we can uncover phenomena that generalize across different organisms, thus increasing the value of experiments and building a coherent understanding of the underlying physiological processes.
This is a shared course and may be taken as a biology elective.
Required Textbooks, Articles, and Resources
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