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Abstract Title: The Biological Physics Labs in the JHU Department of Physics and Astronomy
Abstract: Eight experiments have been developed to date to accompany the two semester, junior-level course in Biological Physics offered in Johns Hopkins University's Department of Physics and Astronomy.  Each experiment illustrates a fundamental principle of the physics underlying a biological phenomenon or of the application of a physical technique to biology, the latter of which is usually spectroscopical in nature. Topics for which we have experiments include Fourier synthesis and analysis, interference, diffraction of DNA optical transforms, magnetic resonance, diffusion and microfluidics, the microscope, and Brownian motion.  In the lecture course, importance is placed on the experimental fundamentals surrounding data acquisition and analysis, including fundamental limitations and the artifacts generated by improper data acquisition.  These limitations and artifacts are explored in the lab by the students.

We will discuss the choices and motivations underlying the development of these experiments; their integration and synchronization with the lecture course; funding; and important details for each experiment.
Abstract Type: Poster
Contributed Poster: Download the Contributed Poster
Session: Session II - Syllabi Poster Session

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Steven K. Wonnell
Johns Hopkins University
Department of Physics and Astronomy
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
Phone: 410-516-5468
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Daniel H. Reich
410-516-7899
dhr -at- pha.jhu.edu

Johns Hopkins University
Department of Physics and Astronomy
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD  21218