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HW_6_2010_final - APh161 Physical Biology of the Cell...

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APh161: Physical Biology of the Cell Homework 6 Due Date: Friday, March 5, 2010 Greek definition of happiness: “The exercise of vital powers along lines of excellence in a life affording them scope.” 1. Your Turn to Teach 161 Some have argued that only by quantitation will we really be able to come to terms with the complexity of living organisms, with the quantitative ap- proach advocated in this class meant to give you a feel for how such quan- titative dissection of biological problems might work. Others have argued that the approach we have taken is a mopping up operation which amounts to dotting the ”i”s and crossing the ”t”s already worked out by biologists. Write one paragraph defending each of these two points of view. One doc- ument you might find interesting to look at is “Bio2010” from the National Academy of Sciences. Next, make a syllabus for the course. Start with one brief paragraph on the mission of your course. Issues that you might want to consider include: is it important to do hard calculations, or is that the province of other physics
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