Course Outline

Up to date informaiton on this course is found on Sakai.


Biophysics is the study of the physical basis of life processes. It involves model building and mathematical abstraction of experimental results.

We don't necessarily want to know which enzyme binds to which ligand, but how they do it. We don't need to know exactly which genes are in the network, but instead, how the network functions.

Assignments and exams:

9 assignments, downloadable from this website.

1 final exam.


Physical Biology of the Cell 2 ed.
Phillips, Kondev, Theroit, and Orme

Lectures (Winter 2017/18):

Wednesdays 9:00-10:30, in PL409
Fridays 12:30-14:00, in PL409


Thad Harroun (MC B201, ext. 5905, e-mail:
Office hours:  (B201) Th 10:00-12:00, starting Sep 22. Fr 13:00-14:00
Or you can usually find me in my office or in labs H208 or H305. Or just stop by.


The marking scheme:

Component Weight
Homework 75%
Final exam 25%