Note the overall Course Statement of Aims and Content, Prerequisites and Texts [see first page].

Course Outline (2003: 27 lectures of 80 min. each with 5 minute break)

0 Introduction
1 Overview of Molecular Motors
2 Cells: Eucaryotes and Procaryotes
3 Observation of Single Molecules
4 Other motors: Reverse Engineering
5 About ATP: A Universal Cellular Fuel
6 Amino Acids, Peptides, Proteins
7 Mechanical Forces

Mechanical Properites of Proteins

9 Vicosity of Liquids
10 Thermal Effects
11 Brownian Motion and Random Walks
12 Discrete Time Walks; Generating Functions
13 Fick's Law and Diffusion
14 Fokker-Planck Equation
15 Chemical Rates (Eyring vs. Kramers)
16 Enzyme Kinetics
17 Effects of Force
18 Polymer Mechanics: Bending, buckling, drag.
19 Persistence Length and Fluctuations

The Elements of the Cytoskeleton

21 Active Polymerization and Force Generation
22 Ion Channels (Visiting Lecturer)
23 Titin & Nebulin in Muscle (Visiting Lecturer)

Structure and Function of Motor Proteins

25 Re-engineering Motors; Chimeras
26 Time Scales for Motor Proteins
27 The Power Stroke Model and Chemical Ratchets

A total of 11 assignments/homeworks were set and graded and model solutions were distributed. In addition, one component of the Final Take-Home Examination was a Report on a paper from the Literature (previously selected and approved).