A.A. 2016-2017, 6 ECTS.

a course for the Master Program in Physics and the AtoSim Erasmus Mundus Master, given in the 2nd semester: from the 6thof march 2017 to the first of june 2017.

Time schedule: mon. and wed. 9-11 am Careri room (Marconi Building)

Instructor: Andrea Giansanti, room 211 (2nd floor, Marconi Building) tel. 0649914367


Description/Objectives. This course used to follow a course of Introductory Biophysics, given as an optional third year course in the BA program. Unfortunately, the BA course was abolished, and we had to compress or skip much of the advanced topics. Nevertheless this course is conceived as a compact introduction to the methods (techniques) and arguments (ideas and principles) of contemporary biophysics. The style of the course will be by illustration, not by exhaustive demonstration, and requires from the students active participation. Lectures based on detailed chalk demonstration (in the math style) will be limited in number. On the contrary, extensive reference to the literature and to many specialized texts will be offered as a thread for personal study. The objective of the course is, in a nutshell, to narrow the gap between the institutional level of training and that of research.

Requirements. Enrolled students should have taken the basic courses of the BA program. In particular, basic competence in mechanics, thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium and quantum mechanics is required.

Evaluation: based on written essays, written tests and homeworks: 40%. Oral exam: 60%.

Topics. The themes of the course will be partitioned into two tracks: T1, ARGUMENTS; T2, TECHNIQUES.

Recommended texts.

[DB] K.A.Dll & S. Bromberg, Molecular Driving Forces, Garland Science ,(2nd edition) 2011.

[BQ] D. Beard & H.Qian, Chemical Biophysics, Cambridge University Press, 2008.

[PBC] R. Phillips, J. Kondev, J. Theriot, Physical Biology of the Cell, Taylor and Francis, 2008.

[HA] Paul G.Higgs, Teresa K.Attwood, Bioinformatics and Molecular Evolution, Blckwell, 2006.

[W] Waigh_T.A., Applied Biophysics, Wiley, 2007.

[Griebel2007]M. Griebel, S. Kanpek and G Zumbusch, Numerical Simulation in Molecular Dynamics, Springer, (2007).