Week 1 
Recitation: Modelling capillaries 
Lab: Intro to Excel, mechanics pretest 
8/20 
Lect 1 
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? 

8/22 
Lect 2 
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 
Recitation:
How big is a worm? 
Lab 1a:
Quantifying motion from Images and Videos 
8/27 
Lect 3 
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 
8/29 
Lect 4 
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 

Week 3 (Labor Day Holiday) 
Recitation:
The cat and the antelope 
Lab 1b:
Quantifying motion from Images and Videos, cont. 
9/5 
Lect 5 
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

Quiz 2 
Week 4 
Recitation:
Forces for objects & systems
 Lab 2a:
Inferring force characteristics from motion analysis 
9/10 
Lect 6 
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 
9/12 
Lect 7 
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, cont. 
9/17 
Lect 8 
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 
9/19 
Lect 9 
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 
9/24 
Lect 10 
4.2.2.2
Viscosity
4.2.2.3 Drag 
TUESDAY 8 pm EE129: MIDTERM 1 
Springs,
Viscosity & Drag 

9/26 
Lect 11 
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 
 Gravity 


Week 7 
Recitation:
Electrostatic force and Hydrogen bonds

Lab 3b:
Observing Brownian motion, cont. 
10/1 
Lect 12 
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
 Quiz 5 
10/3 
Lect 13 
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 

Week 8  October Break  

Lab 3c:
Observing Brownian motion, cont. 
10/10 
Lecture cancelled; Alternate MIDTERM 1 



Week 9 
Recitation:
Electrophoresis 
Lab 4a:
The competition between Brownian motion and directed forces 
10/15 
Lect 14 
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

Quiz 6 
10/17 
Lect 15 
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


Week 10 
Recitation:
Diffusion and cells 
Lab 4b:
The competition between Brownian motion and directed forces, cont. 
10/23 
Lect 16 
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

Quiz 7 
10/24 
Lect 17 
5.2 Fluids
5.2.1 Pressure 7.1 Kinetic theory: the ideal gas law 

Basics of fluids:
kinetic theory


Week 11 
Recitation:
Gas Properties and Pressure 
Lab 4:
Group Presentations 
10/29 
Lect 18 
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

TUESDAY 6:30pm STEW183: MIDTERM 2 
Pressure

Quiz 8 
10/31 
Lect 19 
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 

Fluids, buoyancy 

Week 12 
Recitation:
Fluid Flow 
Lab 5a:
Motion and Work in living systems 
11/5 
Lect 20 


Go over midterm
HagenPoiseuille 
Quiz 9 
11/7 
Lect 21 
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 & Kinetic Energy 

Week 13 
Recitation:
Energy skate park and collisions 
Lab 5b:
Motion and Work in living systems, cont. 
11/12 
Lect 22 
6.2.1 Gravitational potential
energy
6.2.2 Spring potential energy
6.2.3 Electric potential energy 

Potential energy 
Quiz 10 
11/14 
Lecture cancelled; Alternate MIDTERM 2 




Week 14  Thanksgiving Week 
Recitation:
Protein Stability 
No Labs 
11/19 
Lect 23 
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 5: Group Presentations 
11/26 
Lect 24 
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 
11/28 
Lect 25 
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: Mechanics posttest 
Makeup labs 
12/3 
Lect 26 
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 

12/5 
Lect_27 
7.4.2 The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics: A Probabilistic Law
7.4.3 Implications
of the Second Law of Thermodynamics 

The second law 

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