PHYSICS 250 - Fundamental Physics for the Life Sciences II
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 235, 240, or 260.
Advisory Prerequisites:
PHYSICS 135 or BIOPHYS/PHYSICS 150. 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 BIOPHYS/PHYSICS 251 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 250 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 physics 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 one 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 250 is intended for students interested in the life sciences and majoring in Biology or Chemistry.

Class Format:

50-minute lectures three times per week; 50-minute discussion section (studio) once per week

Schedule

PHYSICS 250 - Fundamental Physics for the Life Sciences II
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 Online
31923
Open
5
 
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TBA
Note: The lectures for PHYSICS 250 will be asynchronous for the Fall 2021 semester.
002 (LEC)
 Online
31924
Open
38
 
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TBA
Note: The lectures for PHYSICS 250 will be asynchronous for the Fall 2021 semester.
003 (DIS)
 In Person
31925
Open
18
 
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F 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Note: STUDENTS MUST ELECT DISCUSSION AND LECTURE SECTIONS.
004 (DIS)
 In Person
31926
Open
1
 
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F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
Note: STUDENTS MUST ELECT DISCUSSION AND LECTURE SECTIONS.
005 (DIS)
 In Person
31927
Open
3
 
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F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Note: STUDENTS MUST ELECT DISCUSSION AND LECTURE SECTIONS.
006 (DIS)
 In Person
31928
Open
1
 
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F 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Note: STUDENTS MUST ELECT DISCUSSION AND LECTURE SECTIONS.
007 (DIS)
 In Person
31929
Open
20
 
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F 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: STUDENTS MUST ELECT DISCUSSION AND LECTURE SECTIONS.

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Syllabi

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