Physics 131 Home Page (Fall 2011)

Prof. E. F. Redish

Physics 131: Fundamentals of Physics for Biologists I

Description and Prerequisites

This course is intended for biology majors and pre-health care professionals. The physics topics chosen are selected for these students and the contexts emphasize authentic biological examples. Prerequisites for the course include:

What do I need to buy?

There is no textbook to buy for this course. We are developing a WikiBook that you will be able to read on line.

There is also no lab manual to buy. The lab instructions will be made available online.

You will need to have

What else do I need to get?

A lot of what we'll be doing this term will be on the computer. Our readings and our homework will be on the internet. You will also need access to a spreadsheet, and a data analysis program. If you do not have your own laptop, you will need to seek out the campus computer rooms and find the places where you can access the appropriate programs. You need:

What do I need to do to succeed in this class?

131H: What if I'm in the Honors Section?

The only difference between the regular and the honors section is to get honors credit, you will have to write a term paper on an example of using physics in biology. We have lots of examples of possible topics and readings to start from.

Note: Although the class has been divided equally between 131 and 131H, during the first week of the semester we will permit you to switch freely from one section to the other. So the total number of students in this class can't be larger than 24, but you will be able to switch to or from honors depending on whether you want to research and write a paper or not.

More Information

Times and Places

Lecture MWF 10-11
Physics 1201
Discussion Th 4-5
Physics 3301
Laboratory Th 5-7
Physics 3306






Office Hours



Prof. E. F. Redish (Physics)

Physics 1308


Tues 1-3
(in the Course Center or by arrangement at other times in 1308)

Supporting instructor

Prof. K. Carleton (Bio)




Joshua Parker

Physics 1322


Mon 12-2


Dylan Bargteil

Tues 11-1


Julian Amin


Slawsky Clinic

Ralph Vendemia

Physics 1214

10-3 MWF (1214)

Honor code:

The University of Maryland, College Park has a nationally recognized Code of Academic Integrity, administered by the Student Honor Council. This Code sets standards for academic integrity at Maryland for all undergraduate and graduate students. As a student you are responsible for upholding these standards for this course. It is very important for you to be aware of the consequences of cheating, fabrication, facilitation, and plagiarism. For more information on the Code of Academic Integrity or the Student Honor Council, please visit

If you have any questions about policy or procedures, please feel free to ask. I am looking forward to working with you and hope that you will both enjoy and learn a lot from the class.

Email Connections
To send a message to the entire class to start or contribute to a discussion, send it to me and I will forward it to everyone.


University of Maryland Physics Department Physics 131 Home

This page prepared by

Edward F. Redish
Department of Physics
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Phone: (301) 405-6120

Last revision 23 September, 2011.