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BIOL 5290 Biomolecules: Molecular Driving Forces (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This is a course on statistical thermodynamics and its applications in biology and chemistry. Following the excellent book, Molecular Driving Forces, of Dill and Bromberg, the course includes a self-contained treatment of mathematics beyond single variable calculus and elementary probability theory. What is the free energy of an ensemble of RNA molecules? Why is protein folding cooperative? What is the critical point in a phase transition? How does Langmuir adsorption explain the saturation effect one sees in gene expression microarrays? These are the types of questions that will be addressed in this course.


Instructor(s): Peter Clote

Prerequisites: MATH1101. Previous course work in biology and/or chemistry is recommended.

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Last Updated: 09-Jun-14