cod. 1006011

Academic year 2014/15
1° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Fisica applicata (a beni culturali, ambientali, biologia e medicina) (FIS/07)
Attività formative affini o integrative
Type of training activity
52 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit
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Learning objectives

The course will provide the student the fundamental concepts to apply physical-chemistry to the biological problems.
The topics have been selected giving preference to those that most can contribute to the understanding of the molecular mechanisms of the biological phenomena.
The laboratory section of the course not only will deepen the technique fundamentals but will help the student to gain the independence useful to independently perform the measurement and interpret the data


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Course unit content

The first part of the course will concern general arguments:
• Background Thermodynamics: free energy
• Water: structure and properties
• Aqueous solutions: hydrophilic and hydrophobic solutes
• Biological macromolecules: protein folding
• Solutions of biological macromolecules
• Self-assembly
The second part of the course introduces fundamentals of some spectroscopic methods in biophysics: FTIR; CD and NMR

Full programme

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Papers and slides of the course

Teaching methods

Theoretical lessons are frontal lectures. The course consists of a number of practical exercises. The experimental activities are aimed to provide each student the independence to independently project a measurement and interpret the data.

Assessment methods and criteria

Lecture on one of the topics treated during the course and analysis and discussion of the experimental results obtained during the laboratory activities.

Other information

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