Biological Physics
Faculteit  Science and Engineering 
Jaar  2022/23 
Vakcode  WBBE03805 
Vaknaam  Biological Physics 
Niveau(s)  bachelor 
Voertaal  Engels 
Periode  semester II b 
ECTS  5 
Rooster  rooster.rug.nl 
Uitgebreide vaknaam  Biological Physics  
Leerdoelen  1. Work with units, physical quantities and formulae in a biological or related context. 2. Recognize and apply frequently used mathematical formulas/equations in a biological or related context. 3. Use and interpret existing physical and mathematical models for understanding and describing biological processes. 4. Apply basic knowledge from the lectures to more complex, biological systems, including applications to human motion, perception and the design of humanmade prosthetics and devices. 5. Describe the underlying physical principles behind biological and biomedical engineering applications. 6. Become familiar and comfortable with using computerbased implementations of physicsbased models toward understanding a biological process. 

Omschrijving  During this course students get familiar with physical principles and approaches, and deepen their knowledge on the basis of selected examples from the field of biological physics. The course will place a focus on the role of physical principles in understand the functioning and motion of the (human) body. The course will also address implications of this understanding for the design and functioning of prosthetics and how they partly replace and/or interface with the human body. The students will also learn about signaling and communication in a biological context (nerves and action potentials), along with coverage of the underlying molecular principles. The course work will include a computerbased module in which students engage directly and personally with the mathematical descriptions of key aspects of biological processing, with mathematical modeling of the action potential that underpins nerve function as an example. Biological physics subjects covered during this course include: a. Mechanics as applicable to biological organisms and bodies (e.g. topics like Newton’s laws; conservation & energy; balance, rotation and pendulum; springs & (harmonic) oscillators) b. Behavior and properties of fluids and solids (along with application to biological and biomedical fluids (Elasticity; Pressure; Flow). c. Physics of biological perception (e.g. waves & vibrations, sound & light). d. Biological signaling and electricity (Circuits; membrane biophysics; Hodgkin & Huxley equations & action potentials). e. Molecular aspects of membrane biophysics (Action potential; conductivity; ion channels). 

Uren per week  
Onderwijsvorm 
Bijeenkomst (S), Hoorcollege (LC), Opdracht (ASM), Werkcollege (T)
(Tutorials and lectures are mandatory.) 

Toetsvorm 
Opdracht (AST), Schriftelijk tentamen (WE), Verslag (R)
(Final grade: WE (55%), ASM (25%) and R (20%). The Final grade, Report grade and Written exam grade need to have a score of 5.5 or higher to pass the course..) 

Vaksoort  bachelor  
Coördinator  prof. dr. P.C.A. van der Wel  
Docent(en)  prof. dr. P.C.A. van der Wel  
Verplichte literatuur 


Entreevoorwaarden  Biomechanics (WBBE00205); Python and Numerical Methods (WBBE03305); Waves and Optics for BME (WBBE04005)  
Opmerkingen  Elective for specialization: Medical Device Design (MDD) Please note:  Tutorials and lectures are mandatory; students who miss a lecture need to communicate with the lecturer and arrange a means of catching up with the lecture / tutorial content.  Due to Corona/Covid regulations the above mentioned Teaching method and/or Assessment could be subject to change. Study load: Lectures 36 hours tutorial 30 hours Seminar 4 hours Assignment 18 hours Selfstudy 52 hours In total: 140 hours (5 ECTS) 

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