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The biologicalphysics site: an introduction

An overview of the resource from the Project Director.

Cell Structure 1: Basics of cellular structures and functions

Introducing the key aspects of cell structure and function.

Cell Structure 2: Cellular mechanics

The forces within cells and how these affect the stiffness of the cell.

Molecular Machines 1: The molecular mechanism of muscle

Explaining the processes in a living cell.

Molecular Machines 2: Modelling a molecular machine

How to model a molecular machine

Molecular Machines 3: Single-molecule methods

A description of techniques.

Molecular Machines 4: Cellular machinery

The use of microtubules to support cell function.

Molecular Machines 5: Cell division

The process of mitosis in cells.

Biological Energy 1: Biological free energy

An introduction to the idea of free energy and how it is considered within biology.

Biological Energy 2: Generating biological free energy

The two most important sources of biological free energy in living cells are the protonmotive force (pmf) and adenosine triphosphate (ATP).

Biological molecules 1: The structure of DNA and RNA

This lecture introduces the structure of DNA and RNA.

Biological molecules 2: Modelling DNA and RNA

This lecture shows how physical properties of biological polymers molecules such as DNA and RNA can be modelled.

Biological molecules 3: Protein structures

This lecture describes the structures of protein molecules.

Biological molecules 4: Protein folding

The interactions that determine the 3-dimensional shape of a protein.

Biological molecules 5: Sugars, polysaccharides, lipids and fats

Carbohydrates and lipids each represent an enormous family of molecules with some common characteristics.