Introducing: Wave Phenomena with Biophysical Applications

Dr. Reich will be teaching Physics AS 171.309 – Wave Phenomena with Biophysical Applications in Spring 2016.

Description (from Catalog):
Introduction to wave phenomena, primarily through study of biophysical probes that depend on the interaction of electromagnetic radiation with matter. Topics include Fourier Analysis; standing waves; sound and hearing; diffraction and crystallography; geometrical and physical optics – the physics of modern light microscopy; quantum mechanics – how living things absorb light; NMR and MRI. Occasional laboratory exercises are included during sections.

More detailed description (from Instructor):
Most of the ways we visualize biological systems involve the use of waves.  This is an introductory course on wave phenomena that is tailored for students in the biosciences (broadly defined).  It provides an introduction to the physics and mathematics of waves (Fourier methods) by a study of perhaps the most tangible common wave phenomena i.e. sound, and then explores some of the most important wave-based probes of biological and biophysical systems to answer questions like:  How do we know the structure of biological macromolecules, such as DNA?   How do common biological imaging techniques like phase contrast and DIC microscopy actually work, and how is an image formed in an MRI scan? While primarily intended as an undergraduate course, this class has also proven valuable for grad students in nano-bioscience-related fields who may not have seen this material previously.

Some knowledge of single-variable calculus will be assumed.  All other needed mathematical techniques will be covered as part of the course.

Spring 2016, Homewood Campus,  MWF 11-11:50AM,  T 3-3:50P Level:  upper level undergraduate, Credits: 4

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