Week 1 
Recitation: No Reciation 
Lab: No Lab 
9/4 
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1.Introduction to the class
1.1The disciplines: Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Math
1.1.1Science as making models
1.1.4What 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? 

9/6 
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: Survey and Intro 
9/9 
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 
9/11 
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 

9/13 
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3.2.2 Acceleration
3.2.2.1 Average acceleration
3.2.2.2 Instantaneous acceleration
3.2.2.3 Calculating with constant acceleration

acceleration 

Week 3 
Recitation: Cat and Antelope 
Lab: Quantifying motion from Images and Videos 
9/16 
6 
4.1.1 Physical content of Newton's Laws
4.1.1.1 Object egotism
4.1.1.2 Inertia

Physical content of Newton's Laws; 
Quiz 2 
9/18 
7 
4.1.1.3 Interactions
4.1.1.4 Superposition
4.1.1.5 Mass
4.1.1.6 Reciprocity
4.1.2.2.2 System Schema Introduction

Physical content of Newton's laws 

9/20 
8 
4.1.2.2 Newton 0
4.1.2.2.1 Freebody diagrams

Newton 0 and System Schema 

Week 4 
Recitation:Thinking about forces for objects and systems 
Lab: Quantifying motion from Images and Videos 
9/23 
9 
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 2 
Quiz 3 
9/25 
10 
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's 3rd law 

9/27 
11 
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

Forces: Springs, tension, and normal forces 

Week 5 
Recitation: The spring constant of DNA 
Lab 2: Inferring force characteristics from motion analysis. 
9/30 
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4.2.1.3 Tension forces
4.2.2 Resistive forces
4.2.2.1 Friction

Forces: Springs, tension, and normal forces 
Quiz 4 
10/2 
13 
Review for Midterm 1 
Review 

10/4 
14 
No HW due 
MID TERM 1 

Week 6 
Recitation: 
Lab: Inferring force characteristics from motion analysis 
10/7 
15 
4.2.2.2
Viscosity
4.2.2.3 Drag 
Go over midterm/ viscosity and drag 

10/9 
16 
4.2.3 Gravitational forces
4.2.3.1 Flatearth gravity

Springs and Resistive Forces 

10/11 
17 
4.2.3.1.1 Freefall in flatearth gravity
4.2.3.3 The gravitational field

Gravity 

Week 7 
Recitation: 
Lab: Observing Brownian motion 
10/14 
18 
4.2.4 Electric forces
4.2.4.1 Charge and the structure of matter
4.2.4.2 Polarization

Electric force and polarization 
Quiz 5 
10/16 
19 
4.2.4.3 Coulomb's law
4.2.4.3.1 Coulomb's law  vector character
4.2.4.3.2 Reading the content in Coulomb's law

Coulomb's law 

10/18 
20 
4.2.4.4 The Electric field

Electric Field 

Week 8 
Recitation: 
Lab: Observing Brownian motion 
10/21 
21 
4.3 Coherent vs. random motion
4.3.1 Linear momentum
4.3.1.1 Restating Newton's 2nd law: momentum

Electric Fields and Momentum 
Quiz 6 
10/23 
22 
4.3.1.2 Momentum conservation
4.3.2 The role of randomness: Biological implications
4.3.2.1 Diffusion and random walks

Coherent motion: Momentum and Momentum conservation 

10/25 
23 
4.3.2.2 Fick's law 
Random motion and diffusion  Fick's law 

Week 9 
Recitation: 
Lab: Observing Brownian motion 
10/28 
24 

Random Motion and Diffusion 
Quiz 7 
10/30 
25 
5.2 Fluids
5.2.1 Pressure
7.1 Kinetic theory: the ideal gas law 
Basics of fluids: pressure and temperature 

11/1 
26 
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 
Properties of solids and gels 

Week 10 
Recitation: 
Lab: The competition between Brownian motion and directed forces 
11/4 
27 

Buoyancy 
Quiz 8 
11/6 
28 
No HW due 
Intro to fluids 

11/8 
29 

MID TERM 2 

Week 11 
Recitation: 
Lab: The competition between Brownian motion and directed forces 
11/11 
30 
3.1.2.3 The
gradient: a vector derivative
5.2.2 Archimedes' Principle
5.2.3 Buoyancy 
Go over midterm/ fluids 

11/13 
31 
5.2.5.2.1 Surface tension
5.2.6 Fluid flow
5.2.6.1 Quantifying fluid flow

Fluid flow 

11/15 
32 
5.2.6.2 The continuity equation
5.2.6.3 Internal flow  the HP equation 
Fluid flow  the HP equation 

Week 12 
Recitation: 
Lab: Motion and Work in living systems 
11/18 
33 
6. Energy: The Quantity of Motion
6.1 Kinetic energy and the workenergy
theorem
6.1.1 Reading the content in the WorkEnergy theorem

Work and energy 
Quiz 9 
11/20 
34 
6.2 Energy of place  potential energy
6.2.1 Gravitational potential
energy

Work and energy 

11/22 
35 
6.2.2 Spring potential energy
6.2.3 Electric potential energy 
Energy and Energy conservation 

Week 13 
Recitation: 
Lab: no lab 
11/25 
36 
6.3 The conservation of mechanical energy
6.3.1 Interpreting
mechanical energy graphs
6.3.2 Mechanical energy loss  thermal energy
 Energy conservation 

11/27 
37 
6.3.3 Forces
from potential energy
6.4.1 Energy at the submolecular level
6.4.2 Atomic and Molecular
forces

Energy and molecular forces 

Week 14 
Recitation: 
Lab: Motion and Work in living systems 
12/2 
38 
6.4.2.1 Interatomic forces
6.4.2.1.1 The LennardJones Potential
6.4.2.2 Chemical bonding

Energy and molecular forces 
Quiz 10 
12/4 
39 
5.3 Heat and temperature
5.3.2 Thermal
properties of matter
5.3.2.1 Thermal energy and specific
heat

Heat, temperature, and the 1st law 

12/6 
40 
5.3.2.2 Heat capacity
5.3.2.3 Heat transfer
I2: Interlude 2: The Micro to Macro Connection

Heat, temperature, and the 1st law 

Week 15 
Recitation: 
Lab: Makeup Labs and Surveys 
12/9 
41 
7. Thermodynamics and Statistical
Physics
7.3 The 1st law of thermodynamics

Entropy 
Quiz 11 
12/11 
42 
7.4.1 Why we need a 2nd Law of Thermodynamics
7.4.2 The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics: A Probabilistic Law
7.4.3 Implications
of the Second Law of Thermodynamics 
The second law 

12/13 
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Review 

Final Exam 
Wednesday December 18th 6.30pm8.30pm 
 