This is a physics course for life sciences students. All the topics covered will be illustrated with applications takes from the life sciences. Topics will include force and motion, conservation of energy, conservation of momentum, conservation of angular momentum, fluids, waves, properties of soft matter and thermal physics.
- Review of linear kinematics and dynamics
- Friction and viscous drag; drag forces in cells
- Work and energy; mechanical work in the cell
- Rotational dynamics; flagellar torques
- Problem-solving in statics
- Oscillations; standing and traveling waves
- Wave power; human hearing
- Introduction to fluids; buoyancy
- Fluid flow and viscosity
- Random walks; diffusion; macromolecular sizes
- Kinetic theory of gases
- Properties of materials, including cell components
- Introductory thermodynamics
Methods of Instruction
Emphasis on small group work and in-class assignments.
Some assignments may be done on-line.
Means of Assessment
Assignments 10 - 20%
On-line assignments are an option
Midterm 15 - 25%
Quizzes 10 - 30%
Final Exam 30 - 40%
At the end of this course the student will demonstrate their ability to solve problems involving life science applications in
- force and motion
- conservation of energy
- conservation of momentum
- conservation of angular momentum
- properties of soft matter
- thermal physics
BC Physics 12 with a grade of C or better or Douglas PHYS 1104 or equivalent
MATH 1120 and
BIOL 1103 or BIOL 1109 or BIOL 1110 or BIOL 1210 or equivalent
Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.
Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system.
A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.
For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.
If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.