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Biological Physics

Biological Physics is an exciting interdisciplinary area, but one that is rarely taught at undergraduate level due to a lack of suitable teaching resources.

Biological Physics

The IOP is working with specialists to develop material to support departments looking to teach the subject to undergraduates. The resources are free for all users.

The resources are grouped into modules, with each module consisting of two to three lectures worth of material.

Lecturers can choose to incorporate either complete modules, or elements of modules, into their degree programme. They can pick and choose the material from the IOP’s specially designed Biological Physics website.

Modules include:

  • Biological Molecules
  • Thermodynamics
  • The Cell
  • Energy
  • Molecular Machines
  • Regulatory Networks

There will also be additional multi-media resources, such as video interviews with scientists and journalistic news articles, which help to round out the teaching material.

The material has been developed in response to a report, International Perceptions of UK Research in Physics and Astronomy 2005, undertaken by a group of eminent international physicists. The panel felt that undergraduate physics students did not have enough exposure to the field of Biological Physics. Similar views were expressed in the Wakeham Review of UK Physics.

Next steps
The website goes live on the 18 May 2011.
Feedback from the community will help shape how the website develops. Over time, more resources will be added to expand the topics covered.

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Biological Physics by The Institute of Physics as part of the National HE STEM Programme is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License

Biological Physics

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