This course, taught in Spring 2004 by Profs. Kim Hamad-Schifferli and Linda Griffith, provides an introduction to the physical chemistry of biological systems.
Topics include: connection of macroscopic thermodynamic properties to microscopic molecular properties using statistical mechanics, chemical potentials, equilibrium states, binding cooperativity, behavior of macromolecules in solution and at interfaces, and solvation. Example problems include protein structure, genomic analysis, single molecule biomechanics, and biomaterials. Computer simulation tools included.
Target audience: Advanced undergraduate (3rd or 4th year)
Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Materials available: Course outline or syllabus
Products: Simulink, MATLAB