Physics 3511: Biological Physics

Lecture Hours: T/TH 11:30 am - 1:00 pm ROOM RB 1047

Main Reference Textbook: Biological Phsics, Energy, Information, LifePhillip Nelson

Course Outline: Download PDF file of the course outline.

Office Hours: M/W/F 1:30 pm to 4 pm Tuesday/Thursday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm in Room CB4025. Additional consultations can be arranged after class or by phone (343-8016) or by E-mail (

Folding Path 1 Folding Path 2

Lecture March 5, 2020
Pdf of Lecture of March 5, 2020

Solution of Midterm
Pdf of Solution of Midterm 1
Note: 1) Section on bacterium speed as a function of time; 2) Fick's Law; 3) Boltzman Constant; 4) HIV PHYSICS section
I recommend that students study the following assignment questions:
Assignment 1: Question 3, 5, and 7
Assignment 2: Question 4, 5, and 7
Assignment 3: Question 1, 2, 3, 5, and 7

Students should read Notes on Fluid Flow that can be downloaded below:
Pdf of Notes on Fluid Flow

Assignment 4 has been posted and is now due on Friday March 13, 2020
Pdf of assignment 4
There is now a hint for problem 3, and download the pdf below with hints on how to do problem 8
Pdf of Modified Levinthal Paradox

Note on HIV
Pdf on HIV
Worthwhile to read in preparation for Midterm

For Question 5 of assignment 2, read note on how to use Binomial Distribution to calculate Random Walk probability:
Pdf on Random Walk

For assignment 2 please read the note below on permeability of membrane
Pdf on Permeability


Gairdner Foundation Lecture: Using Physics to Capture the Dance of Protein Molecules in Health and Disease
Date: Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Event Location: ATAC 5036
Dr. Lewis Kay
Link to Seminar
Link to Dr. Kay webpage