Language: English | Size: 1.18 GB | Duration: 3h 52m
Energy and life
What you’ll learn
Have a better understanding of the thermodynamics of life
Learn how the laws of thermodynamics apply to living systems
Gain new insight into the origin of life and how principles of thermodynamics illuminate this long-standing problem
Learn how thermodynamic constraints shape ecosystems and how thermodynamics can provide predictive tools for analyzing extinct ecosystems
Learn how life is a disequilibrium state and how thermodynamics illuminates basic phenomena like homeostasis and metabolism
You should have had high school physics and introductory college-level biology
Life exists in a world constrained by laws of physics and chemistry. Life is still distinct from the physical world, and this course explores why. The answer lies in the fundamentally biological phenomenon of adaptation. Physics of life thermodynamics is the first of a series of four courses that deal with this question. Physics of light thermodynamics considers such questions as the thermodynamic definition of life, how metabolism works, the thermodynamics of the origin of life, and the thermodynamics of ecology and community structure.
This is not your standard approach to physics.The course is not heavily mathematical, and is geared towards how biology exploits physics in the service of adaptation.
I assume that you have a basic background in high school physics and chemistry, as well as introductory level college biology.
Who this course is for:
Biology students who want to understand how life works in the physical world.