PHYSICS 150 - Fundamental Physics for the Life Sciences I
Fall 2021, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: Physics (PHYSICS)
Department: LSA Physics
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Details

Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
BS, NS, QR/1
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in PHYSICS 135, 140, or 160.
Advisory Prerequisites:
MATH 115, 120, 185, or 295; knowledge of differential and integral calculus minimally at the level of MATH 115, or its high school equivalent, will be needed. Students should elect PHYSICS 151 concurrently.
BS:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Description

Have you ever wondered how physics is important and useful in the fields of biology, chemistry, and medicine? BIOPHYS/PHYSICS 150 is a new introductory physics course that will reveal the synergy between these fields and explore fundamental physics principles that are ubiquitous in the life sciences. Biology, chemistry, and medicine will provide our guiding motivation and context for exploring first-semester physics topics including energy, mechanics, fluids, and thermodynamics. These topics will be covered in the depth and manner in which they appear on the MCAT and in life science courses. In line with this, students will also learn to use quantitative reasoning, develop mathematical models, and engage in scientific dialogue with a diverse group of future scientists and healthcare professionals. This course examines physical concepts through biological examples and consists of both interactive lectures and studio meetings to facilitate student learning and enhance student performance. Lectures will encourage student participation through a variety of in-class activities in which students work directly with, discuss, and respond to lecture material and demonstrations. During studio meetings, students will gain hands-on experience solving problems in small groups, facilitated by an instructor and peer learning assistants.

Course Requirements:

Student performance will be evaluated using a combination of assignments given during lectures and studios, homework assignments, three evening exams, and a final exam.

The current evening exam dates are:

  • September 30, 2021
  • October 28, 2021
  • November 18, 2021

*These may be subject to change due to course structure changes as a result of COVID

Intended Audience:

BIOPHYS/PHYSICS 150 is intended for students interested in the life sciences, including those majoring in Biology or Chemistry.

Class Format:

50-minute lectures twice per week; 50-minute discussion sections (studios) twice per week.

Schedule

PHYSICS 150 - Fundamental Physics for the Life Sciences I
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 Online
31908
Open
12
 
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MW 2:00PM - 3:00PM
002 (LEC)
 Online
31909
Open
14
 
-
MW 3:00PM - 4:00PM
003 (DIS)
 In Person
31910
Open
3
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:00AM
Note: STUDENTS MUST ELECT DISCUSSION AND LECTURE SECTIONS.
004 (DIS)
 In Person
31911
Open
3
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Note: STUDENTS MUST ELECT DISCUSSION AND LECTURE SECTIONS.
005 (DIS)
 In Person
31912
Open
6
 
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TuTh 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Note: STUDENTS MUST ELECT DISCUSSION AND LECTURE SECTIONS.
006 (DIS)
 In Person
31913
Open
7
 
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TuTh 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: STUDENTS MUST ELECT DISCUSSION AND LECTURE SECTIONS.
007 (DIS)
 In Person
31914
Open
4
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: STUDENTS MUST ELECT DISCUSSION AND LECTURE SECTIONS.
008 (DIS)
 In Person
31915
Open
3
 
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TuTh 5:00PM - 6:00PM
Note: STUDENTS MUST ELECT DISCUSSION AND LECTURE SECTIONS.
010 (LEC)
 In Person
31916
Closed
0
 
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MW 1:00PM - 2:00PM
F 1:00PM - 2:00PM
011 (DIS)
 In Person
31917
Closed
0
4CSP
22UGRD & GRD
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Tu 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Note: The majority of seats for this section are reserved for students in the Comprehensive Studies Program. A limited number of seats are available to any undergraduate student during early registration. 22 seats reserved for any CSP students Any undergraduate student may join the waitlist once the section is closed. Given the enrollment restrictions, most sections may not close until early August. On 08/23/21 any remaining available seats will be released for any undergraduates who wish to register. Waitlisted students should attend the first class meeting for override consideration. Students should elect PHYSICS 151 as the corresponding lab.

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Syllabi

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