Week 1 
Recitation: Modelling capillaries 
Lab: Intro to Excel, mechanics pretest 
Jan 8 
Lect 1 Physics AND Biology 
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 

Why is this class different? 

Jan 10 
Lect 2 Measured Quantities 
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
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 

Measurement and Math: Dimensions and Units


Week 2  Martin Luther King Jr Holiday  
Recitation:
How big is a worm? 
Lab 1a:
Quantifying motion from Images and Videos 
Jan 17 
Lect 3 Describing Motion 
I1 Interlude 1: The Main Question: How do things move?
3 Kinematics: Where and When?
3.1.1 Coordinates
3.1.2 Vectors
3.1.3 Time
3.1.4 Kinematics Graphs 

Coordinates, graphs, and vectors

Quiz 1 
Week 3 
Recitation:
The cat and the antelope 
Lab 1b:
Quantifying motion from Images and Videos 
Jan 22 
Lect 4 Changing Motion 
2.2.5 Values, change, and rates of change
2.2.5.1 Derivatives
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 

Rate of change and velocity  instantaneous and average 
Quiz 2 
Jan 24 
Lect 5 Acceleration & Newton 
3.2.2 Acceleration
3.2.2.1 Average acceleration
3.2.2.2 Instantaneous acceleration
3.2.2.3 Calculating with constant acceleration
4.1 Newton's Laws
4.1.1 Physical content of Newton's Laws 

Graphs & consistency; acceleration

Week 4 
Recitation:
Forces for objects & systems

Lab 2a:
Inferring force characteristics from motion analysis 
Jan 29 
Lect 6 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 

Physical content of Newton's laws

Quiz 3 
Jan 31 
Lect 7 FREE BODY DIAGRAMS! 
4.1.2.2 Newton 0
4.1.2.2.1 Freebody diagrams
4.1.2.2.2 System Schema Introduction
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
4.1.2.4.2.1 Newton 2 on a spreadsheet 

What's a force? Newton 0 & 1


Week 5 
Recitation:
The spring constant of DNA 
Lab 2b:
Inferring force characteristics from motion analysis 
Feb 5 
Lect 8 The Third Law 
4.1.2.5 Newton's 3rd law
4.1.2.5.1 Using system schemas for Newton's 3rd law
4.1.2 Formulation of Newton's Laws as foothold principles
4.1.2.1 Quantifying impulse and force 

Newton 2 and 3

Quiz 4 
Feb 7 
Lect 9 Different Forces 
4.2 Kinds of Forces
4.2.1 Springs
4.2.1.1 Realistic springs
4.2.1.2 Normal forces
4.2.1.2.1 A simple model of solid matter
4.2.1.3 Tension forces
4.2.2 Resistive forces
4.2.2.1 Friction 

Forces: Springs, tension, normal, and friction forces


Week 6 
Recitation:
Motion of a paramecium 
Lab 3a:
Observing Brownian motion 
Feb 12 
Midterm exam 


MIDTERM 1 

Feb 14 
Lect 10 Fluid Forces 
4.2.2.2
Viscosity
4.2.2.3 Drag 

Go over midterm,
Springs


Week 7 
Recitation:
Electrostatic force and Hydrogen bonds

Lab 3b:
Observing Brownian motion 
Feb 19 
Lect 11 Gravity 
4.2.3 Gravitational forces
4.2.3.1 Flatearth gravity
4.2.3.1.1 Freefall in flatearth gravity 4.2.3.3 The gravitational field 

Viscosity and drag,
Gravity

Quiz 5 
Feb 21 
Lect 12 Electric Forces 
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


Week 8 
Recitation:
Electrophoresis 
Lab 3c:
Observing Brownian motion 
Feb 26 
Lect 13 Electric Field 
4.2.4.3.1 Coulomb's law  vector character
4.2.4.3.2 Reading the content in Coulomb's law
4.2.4.4 The Electric field 

Coulomb's law

Quiz 6 
Feb 28 
Lect 14 Momentum 
4.3 Coherent vs. random motion
4.3.1 Linear momentum
4.3.1.1 Restating Newton's 2nd law: momentum
4.3.1.2 Momentum conservation 

Coherent motion: Momentum and Momentum conservation


Week 9 
Recitation:
Gas properties and pressure 
Lab 4a:
The competition between Brownian motion and directed forces 
Mar 5 
Lect 15 Random Motion 
4.3.2 The role of randomness: Biological implications
4.3.2.1 Diffusion and random walks
4.3.2.2 Fick's law 

Random motion and emergence

Quiz 7 
Mar 7 
Lect 16 Models of Matter 
5. Macro models of matter
5.1.1 Densitysolids
5.1.2 Young's modulus
5.1.6 Soft matter
5.1.6.1 Mechanical properties of cells 

Diffusion 
Fick's law


Week 11 
Recitation:
Diffusion in cells 
Lab 4b:
The competition between Brownian motion and directed forces 
Mar 19 
Lect 17 Pressure 
5.2 Fluids
5.2.1 Pressure 7.1 Kinetic theory: the ideal gas law 

Basics of fluids:
kinetic theory

Quiz 8 
Mar 21 
Lect 18 Buoyancy 
3.1.2.3 The
gradient: a vector derivative
5.2.2 Archimedes' Principle
5.2.3 Buoyancy
5.2.5.2.1 Surface tension


Pressure


Week 12 
Recitation:
Fluid Flow 
Lab 4c:
The competition between Brownian motion and directed forces 
Mar 26 
Midterm Exam 


MIDTERM 2 

Mar 28 
Lect 19 More Fluids... 


Go over midterm
Intro to fluids, Buoyancy 

Week 13 
Recitation:
Energy skate park and collisions 
Lab 5a:
Motion and Work in living systems 
Apr 2 
Lect 20 Flowing Fluids 
5.2.6 Fluid flow
5.2.6.1 Quantifying fluid flow
5.2.6.2 The continuity
equation
5.2.6.3 Internal flow  the HP equation


Fluid flow  the HP equation 
Quiz 9 
Apr 4 
Lect 21 Work & Kinetic Energy 
6. Energy: The Quantity of Motion
6.1 Kinetic energy and the workenergy
theorem
6.1.1 Reading the content in the WorkEnergy theorem
6.2 Energy of place  potential energy 

Work and kinetic energy


Week 14 
Recitation:
Protein Stability 
Lab 5b:
Motion and Work in living systems 
Apr 9 
Lect 22 Potential Energy 
6.2.1 Gravitational potential
energy
6.2.2 Spring potential energy
6.2.3 Electric potential energy 

Potential energy 
Quiz 10 
Apr 11 
Lect 23 Energy Conservation 
6.3 The conservation of mechanical energy
6.3.1 Interpreting
mechanical energy graphs
6.3.2 Mechanical energy loss  thermal energy
6.3.3 Forces
from potential energy 

Energy conservation 

Week 15 
Recitation:
Temperature Regulation 
Lab 5c:
Motion and Work in living systems 
Apr 16 
Lect 24 Atoms & Bound States 
6.4.1 Energy at the submolecular level
6.4.2 Atomic and Molecular
forces
6.4.2.1 Interatomic forces
6.4.2.1.1 The LennardJones Potential
6.4.2.2 Chemical bonding 

Energy and molecular forces;
Kinetic theory and the ideal gas law 
Quiz 11 
Apr 18 
Lect 25 Heat 
5.3 Heat and temperature
5.3.2 Thermal
properties of matter
5.3.2.1 Thermal energy and specific
heat
5.3.2.2 Heat capacity
5.3.2.3 Heat transfer 

Heat, temperature, and the 1st law 

Week 16 
Recitation  Survey: 
Makeup labs 
Apr 23 
Lect 26 The First Law 
I2: Interlude 2: The Micro to Macro Connection
7. Thermodynamics and Statistical
Physics
7.3 The 1st law of thermodynamics
7.4.1 Why we need a 2nd Law of Thermodynamics


Entropy 

Apr 25 
Lect 27 Entropy & the 2nd Law 
7.4.2 The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics: A Probabilistic Law
7.4.3 Implications
of the Second Law of Thermodynamics 

The Second law 
