HW_1_2011 - BE/APh161: Physical Biology of the Cell...

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BE/APh161: Physical Biology of the Cell Homework 1 Due Date: Tuesday, January 11, 2010 “The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” - Vince Lombardi Comments from RP to Class: In my view, homeworks are one of the primary tools at a teacher’s dis- posal to push an educational agenda. I am big on sports analogies, and the simple fact is this: if you want to shoot free throws like Kobe Bryant you have to practice your craft. It isn’t always amusing, but it pays off later. As a result, I put lots of time into both thinking up problems and writing text that goes along with those homeworks that I think will give you the oppor- tunity to practice things that will help you do science better later when it is “for real”. The reading that goes along with my homeworks is a key part of the course material, so please read my commentaries (and argue with them if you have an alternative perspective). This first homework has as its main objective the development of a feel for the numbers associated with various biological problems and the beginning of an ability to use software for visualizing biological structures and examin- ing biological sequence information. This particular homework will probably involve more searching around on the web than others. Please make sure to report your sources. Referee report: Read the vignettes from the new book that I am writing with Ron Milo entitled “Cell Biology By the Numbers” that are posted on the course website associated with this homework and write a referee report on each one. The report should focus on the following questions: Does the overall logic make sense? That is, is the point of the vignette clear and does
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This note was uploaded on 01/03/2012 for the course BI 144 taught by Professor List during the Fall '10 term at Caltech.

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HW_1_2011 - BE/APh161: Physical Biology of the Cell...

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