Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences @ University of Toronto
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Education

Courses 2009-2010

PHY2701F: Biological Physics

Lecture: R1-3 (Prof. Virgis Barzda) The course is aimed to expose physics and physical sciences students to current problems and future directions in biological physics. During the first part of the course main structural properties and functional processes of living organisms will be introduced. The principles of equilibrium and non-equilibrium thermodynamics, statistical mechanics and physical chemistry that relates to the biological structure and function will be discussed.  Well established and emerging biophysical methods and experimental techniques will be reviewed.

In the second part of the course current status and perspectives of well established and emerging research areas in cellular biophysics will be discussed. The selected topics will include physical properties and self assembly of biomolecules, passive and active transport in cells, physics of membranes, photo-biophysics and bioenergetics, contractility, and neuro-biophysics.  Students will be encouraged to study and present the latest findings in biophysical topics of their interest.

PHY331H5F: Foundations of Biophysics
Lecture: T10-12 (Prof. Virgis Barzda) Tutorial: F4 (Daaf Sandkuijl) Principles of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics applied to describe biological phenomena. Topics include: diffusion and molecular transport, friction of fluids and motility of microorganisms, entropy and information, Boltzmann distribution, free energy transduction in biological systems, osmosis, electrostatic interactions, transport through membranes, equilibrium thermodynamics and kinetics of biochemical reactions, chemical potential, and molecular self assembly. [24L, 12T]

PHY245H5F: Vibrations and Waves
Lecture: W10-12 (Prof. Virgis Barzda) Tutorial/Lab: F 10-12 (Daaf Sandkuijl and Danielle Tokarz) The analysis of vibrating systems and wave motion, introducing mathematical techniques such as complex numbers, eigenvalue problems, and Fourier series. Topics include: simple and coupled oscillators; dispersion relations and boundary conditions; travelling waves; propagation of electromagnetic waves in materials; reflection and transmission of waves at interfaces. [24L, 16P, 8T]

Past Courses

PHY335H5: Biophysics
Lecture: WF2 (Prof. Virgis Barzda) Tutorial: W4 (Richard Cisek) Topics from physics selected for students interested in Biology, Biochemistry, Physiology and Psychology. Examples include biomechanics; blood circulation; heat transfer; nerves; optics, vision and microscopy; sound, hearing and ultrasound; medical imaging; molecular transport and diffusion; radiation physics and nuclear medicine. Some aspects will be illustrated by computer modelling techniques. [26L, 13T]

PHY224H5: Intermediate Physics Laboratory
Lecture: MT 1 (Dr. Arkady Major) Laboratory: MT2-5, Richard Cisek on mondays, Catherine Greenhaulgh on Tuesdays. A course introducing electronics, error analysis and laboratory measurement techniques. Experiments are chosen from a number of different fields in physics, beginning with electricity and magnetism, and including quantum physics and biophysics. This is the basic laboratory course for the Physics Major and Minor Programs. [26L,78P]

PHY245H5: Waves and Vibrations
Lecture: MW10-11 (Prof. Virgis Barzda) Tutorial: F 10-11 (Richard Cisek) The analysis of vibrating systems and wave motion, introducing mathematical techniques such as complex numbers, eigenvalue problems, and Fourier series. Topics include: simple and coupled oscillators; dispersion relations and boundary conditions; travelling waves; propagation of electromagnetic waves in materials; reflection and transmission of waves at interfaces. [26L, 13T]

PHY206H5: Physics of Everyday Phenomenon
Tutorial W3-4 (Richard Cisek and Arkady Major) Why is the sky blue? How can sound bend around corners? Common physical phenomena can be explained by simple ideas, without mathematics. Topics include: swimming and sailing; music and earthquakes; lightning and the magnetic Earth. Presented for students in the Social Sciences and Humanities, as well as in the Sciences. [26L, 13T]

PHY 346S: INTERMEDIATE BIOPHYSICS:
Lecture: (TR1) Prof. Virgis Barzda Linear systems analysis; transport in biological systems; control of the oculomotor system; electrical properties of nerves and membranes; introduction to chaos in biological systems.hysics and mathematics are applied in the elucidation of biological phenomena. Theory is derived and practical examples are given. Students are expected to have a firm grounding in both mathematics and physics. No prior knowledge of biology is required.

Last Modified: Friday 17th June, 2011.