Life is a physical process, limited and enabled by the same laws of nature that govern the inanimate world. This course is the first of a two-course introduction to the physics of life.
PHYSICS 135 is divided into three main topics. The course begins with the mechanics of life; how organisms support themselves against the pull of gravity, and how they apply forces to move themselves around. After this, you will learn about energy and how its flow enables the assembly and activity of life. The final third of the course examines life’s media, air and water, and explores how the behaviors of fluids influence life.
PHYSICS 135 students should elect PHYSICS 136 (lab).
The course grade is based on homework, three evening examinations (see "View all Sections" for dates and times), class performance and a final examination.
PHYSICS 135 and 235 is the best introductory physics sequence for students planning majors in any of the life sciences, as well as students planning to pursue medicine, kinesiology, or the health sciences as a profession.
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