This course has been discontinued.
Last planned examination: Autumn 2022
Decision to discontinue this course:No information inserted
The course gives an introduction to the physical principles that define the function of the biological cell.
Content and learning outcomes
Membranes. Electrical and mechanical properties of cells. Active and passive transport of water, ions and metabolites. Measurement techniques for cell-physical parameters.
Intended learning outcomes
After the course the student should be able to:
- describe the fundamental physical principles that define the function of cells
- define mathematical models describing the transport of water, ions and solutes in cells and over the cellular membranes
- describe how water and ion homeostasis is maintained and affected by the microenvironment
- calculate membrane potential in different cellular environments
- perform measurements of some cell-physical parameters in living cells using microscopy based measurement techniques.
Literature and preparations
Mathematics corresponding to B2, D2, E2, F2, M2, T2. Basic physics and thermodynamics.
English B / English 6
SK2531 (Biomedicine for engineers) and SK2500 (Physics of Biomedical Microscopy) are recommended but not a prerequisite.
SK2530 (Introduction to biomedicine for engineers) and SK2500 (Physics of Biomedical Microscopy) are recommended but not a prerequisite.
Examination and completion
If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.
- INL1 - Assignments, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
- LAB1 - Laboratory Experiments, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
- TEN1 - Examination, 5.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.
The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.
Other requirements for final grade
Written exam (TEN1: 5 credits, grading scale A/B/C/D/E/Fx/F).
Hand in assignments (INL1; 1 credit, grading scale P/F).
Laboratory (LAB1; 2 credits, grading scale P/F).
Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination
Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination
- All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
- In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
- In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.
Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.Course web SK2510
Main field of study
The course is given for the last time VT18. Replaced by SK2512.