Course: PHY 302 Biophysics

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Course:
PHY 302
Biophysics
Text:
Intermediate Physics for Medicine and Biology, 3/e, Russell K. Hobbie
(Springer-Verlag, New York, 1997)
Instructor:
Sudipa Kirtley (SMK)
Office:
CL107
Phone:
x 8253
Mail:
CM 176
This course will constitute of several lectures based on the different physics principles governing
some biological phenomena. Lectures will be mostly out of the text book; however, outside journal
articles and other books on related topics will also be reviewed. There will be a couple of seminars
given by experts in the field, and a trip or two will be arranged to visit some local medical facilities.
The syllabus for this course will consist of chapters 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, and 15 from the text. A fair
understanding of introductory physics principles is required for this course.
Each student is required to give a seminar on a related topic of choice. These seminars will be based
mostly on outside reading, and will be held also during normal lecture periods, during weeks 9 and
10. 20% of the course grade will be based on these seminars; quality of presentation and
comprehension of the material will be the primary factors for the seminar grades. Part of the
presentation score will be obtained from peer evaluation. Students are encouraged to think about the
topic of presentation early during the quarter, and by mid-January, 2003, I need to know of all the
presentation topics.
There will be three tests in the course, and a final examination. Each class-test will account for
15% of the grade, and the finals 25%. The homework will account for the rest 10% of the grade.
The tests are temporarily scheduled for weeks 3, 6, and 9. The final examination will be given
during the designated “finals” week. Homework needs to be turned in at the beginning of the class
lecture of the day it is due. I encourage you to consult with your class mates on the homework
assignments, but I will not accept homework if it is copied from another’s work.
Please refrain from the use of tobacco inside classroom. Please also close the lid of your laptops
during times when the class does not require its use.
Please note that in case of plagiarism in assignments, or cheating during examinations, at least a
course grade of "F" will be given. Refer to the rules and regulations listed in the RHIT Academic
Rules and Procedures Manual for more details.
Enjoy the course, and ask questions when in doubt.
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