A Random Walk Through Basic Biophysics

Dr. Gus Hart
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Brigham Young University

Fundamental molecular biology provides an ideal capstone for the lower division physics courses. Using only the ideas from the introductory physics courses, we can answer all kinds of great microbiology questions that you’ve always wondered about: Where does a drunkard’s walk lead to? How long is a chain of paperclips? Why aren’t bacteria bigger? Can entropy exert a force? What do sheepdogs and microscopic beads have in common? Why can’t the bacterium E. Coli do the backstroke?