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Unformatted text preview: Course Outline: Honors Discussion Session (Physics 89) for Physics 6B Instructor: • Katsushi Arisaka, Professor of Physics & Astronomy • Knudsen 4-145, (310) 825-4925, [email protected] Meeting: • During Winter 2010 quarter, in parallel to Physics 6B • Weekly meeting, scheduled on Physics 89, Sem. 1: Thursday at 11:00 – 11:50 am Physics 89, Sem. 2: Thursday at 12:00 – 12:50 pm • Location: PAB 4330 • ~20 students per each seminar are expected. Purpose: • This course is specifically designed for highly motivated life science majors in 6B to understand the fundamental principle behind human’s dynamical behavior. Topics include: o Five senses: 1. Vision 2. Hearing 3. Touch (Pain, Temperature) 4. Smell, Taste o Neutral networks in Brain o Motions 1. Muscles 2. Heart • Participants will learn direct application of basics concepts from Physics 6B (Wave, Electricity and Magnetism) to biological systems listed above. • To sharpen our understanding, human and rodents are compared extensively. • Advanced technique on medical and bio-imaging is also introduced. Proposed Program: • The program will consist of the following, related to the topics mentioned above. o Weekly lecture by Arisaka and informal discussion o Reading assignment and Written report o End-of-Course Oral presentation (will be scheduled in early April.) Reference: • Feynman’s Lectures on Physics (Copy will be provided.) • Recent articles from scientific magazines Tentative Course Outline ______________________________________________________________________ Week Day 1 2 3 January 7 January 14 January 21 Topics Orientation, Origin of Universe and Particles Origin of Life and Consciousness Organization of students research (First Midterm of 6B: Monday, January 25) 4 5 6 7 January 28 February 4 February 11 February 18 Five senses (Vision, Hearing, Taste …) Neural networks Advanced technique of high-speed Bio-imaging Group meeting by students (Second Midterm of 6B: Monday, February 22) 8 9 10 February 25 March 4 March 11 Tour to Arisaka’s bio-imaging lab Progress report from students Final Lecture: What is Life? Origin of Consciousness ________________________________________________________________________ Mini Conference – Oral Presentation by students Saturday, April 3 9 am – 6 pm Sunday, April 4 9 am – 6 pm ________________________________________________________________________ Reading Assignment Pease read two of the following books, one by Sunday, January 31, and the other by Sunday, February 28. Write a short (~one page) book review. You are encouraged to send your review to Amazon.com. 1. The Double Helix : A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA by James D. Watson $11.20 2. The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins $10.85 3. Origins of Life (Second edition) by Freeman J. Dyson $16.99 4. Gen-e-sis: The Scientific Quest for Life's Origins by Robert M. Hazen $18.45 5. In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind by Eric R. Kandel $18.95 6. Just Six Numbers: The Deep Forces That Shape The Universe by Martin J. Rees $11.65 ...
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