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Advanced Experimental Physics I

One of several undergraduate courses on experimental physics techniques suitable for physics and biophysics majors. Identical in content and method to Physics 364L except it requires two half semester advanced laboratory projects for one full semester credit. Biophysics-related laboratory projects are available. Includes written and oral presentation of results. Prerequisite: Physics 264L. Instructor: Bomze, staff.

Advanced Experimental Physics

Last in series of half-courses on experimental physics techniques for physics and biophysics majors. Students will perform a single advanced laboratory project. Biophysics-related laboratory projects are available. Includes written and oral presentation of results. Prerequisite: Physics 264L. Instructor: Bomze, staff. Half course.

Fundamentals of Mechanics and Electromagnetism

One semester calculus-based course covering the fundamental principles of mechanics, electricity, magnetism, and optics. This team-based course covers topics of Physics 161D and 162D that are not included in the high school AP Physics C curriculum, including fluids, damped and driven oscillations, waves, sound, AC circuits, Maxwell's equations, light, geometric optics, and physical (wave) optics. Prerequisite: Physics 25, Physics 26, Mathematics 21, and Mathematics 122/122L (Mathematics 122/122L can be taken concurrently). Instructor: Brown

Introduction to Physics in Medicine

The aim of the course is to introduce to physics and life science students the critical role of medical physics in medicine including clinical service, patient care, scientific innovation and clinical problem solving. Four main areas of professional activities will be covered: Radiation Therapy, Diagnostic Imaging, Health Physics, and Nuclear Medicine. The course will highlight key clinical challenges where medical physicists impact clinical practice and improve patient care and treatment outcomes.

Theoretical Neuroscience

Introductory course on theoretical neuroscience. Neuronal biophysics: ions, membranes, channels. Single neuron models: Hodgkin-Huxley, 2D reductions, phase plane analysis. Leaky integrate-and-fire model, response to stochastic inputs. Models of synapses and synaptic plasticity. Models of networks at various scales. Network dynamics: rate models, networks of spiking neurons. Coding and decoding by single neurons and populations of neurons. Unsupervised learning, supervised learning, reinforcement learning.

Introduction to Cosmology

Cosmology is the study of the origin, structure and evolution of the Universe itself. The goal of this course is to provide an advanced undergraduate or introductory graduate description of the “standard” big bang theory of the Universe, the Lambda-Cold Dark Matter model, that includes recent experimental developments.

Biophysics II

Quantitative understanding of biological systems through the application of physical principles. Course will emphasize topics that span multiple length and time scales, and different levels of biological organization. Two to four topics per semester, including possibly organismal motion from molecular processes to whole organisms, nervous systems from membrane channels to neuronal networks, noise in biology, novel biophysical technologies, etc. Prerequisite: BIOLOGY 201L, MATH 212 and 216 or equivalent, and calculus based introductory physics or permission of the instructors.

General Physics I

First part of two-semester, calculus-based, physics survey course for students planning study in medicine or the life sciences (the second semester course may be developed in the future for Duke Kunshan University). Topics: kinematics, dynamics, systems of particles, conservation laws, statics, gravitation, fluids, oscillations, mechanical waves, sound, thermal physics, and the laws of thermodynamics. This course will cover the same material in Duke PHYSICS 141L (lecture) and PHYSICS 141D (discussion) courses. Exams may be take-home exams.

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