Recitation / labs

The IPLS physics recitation and labs use biological examples to teach the same – or more – physics that you would have learned in the “traditional” or “modern” flavors of intro physics. We expect it to be more interesting, more relevant and (we hope) more fun for life-sciences people. Fair warning: it will also be more chaotic.

Week-by-week specifics will be updated in the schedule below as the semester progresses. Quizzes and Recitations are posted on Piazza.

Date Pre-reading Quiz / Tutorial / Recitation Lab Instructions Writeup due


8/24 (1) none Tutorial: vectors none none
8/31 (2) Recitation: How big is a worm? 1a: Neutrophil velocity End of lab
9/7 (3) Recitation: The cat and the antelope 1b: Neutrophil velocity See below.  Labor day (M)
9/14 (4) Quiz Write up 1b data during lab. End of lab.
9/21 (5) none Quiz 2a: Viscous drag and terminal velocity See below.
9/28 (6) 2b: Viscous drag and terminal velocity Upload data during lab.

Writeup due by next lab

Exam on Monday
10/5 (7) none none
10/12 (8)  none 3a: Brownian motion Extremely short individual writeup due by next lab
10/19 (9)  none 3b: Brownian motion See next week Columbus Day (M/T)
10/26 (10)  none 3c: Brownian motion Writeup due by next lab.
11/2 (11)  none 4: Drift + Brownian motion Writeup due by next lab.
11/9 (12)  none 5: Vesicle transport See next week.
11/16 (13)  none 5: Analysis of vesicle transport Writeup due by next lab.
11/23 (14) Thanksgiving break
12/2 (15) X: Makeup lab Quiz/recitation for all.
Makeup lab only for those who need it