SK2510 Cellular Biophysics I 8.0 credits

Den biologiska cellens fysik I

The course gives an introduction to the physical principles that define the function of the biological cell.

Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

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.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Mathematics corresponding to B2, D2, E2, F2, M2, T2. Basic physics and thermodynamics.

Recommended previous knowledge:
SK2530 (Introduction to biomedicine for engineers) and SK2500 (Physics of Biomedical Microscopy) are recommended but not a prerequisite.

Recommended prerequisites

SK2531 (Biomedicine for engineers) and SK2500 (Physics of Biomedical Microscopy) are recommended but not a prerequisite.

Equipment

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Literature

Weiss T. Cellular Biophysics, vol 1, MIT Press, 1996

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination *

  • 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 5h 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; 1 credit, grading scale P/F).

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Examiner

Marina Zelenina

Further information

Course web

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

Offered by

SCI/Applied undergraduate Physics

Main field of study *

Biotechnology, Engineering Physics, Physics

Education cycle *

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Contact

Marina Zelenina, marinaz@kth.se

Ethical approach *

  • 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.

Supplementary information

The course is given for the last time VT18. Replaced by SK2512.