Statistical Physics in Biology OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Graduate Level Course on Statistical Physics

Published Jan 09, 2009

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The original 'Statistical Physics in Biology' course was offered in MIT's Physics Department. It is available now as OpenCourseWare. 'Statistical Physics in Biology' introduces students to statistical methods developed by physicists and invaluable to the field of bioinformatics.

Statistical Physics in Biology: Course Specifics

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Statistical Physics in Biology: Course Description

As the quality and quantity of available biological data has grown, scientists have realized that the tools of statistical physics are a valuable addition to the analysis of complex biological data. In order to address the emerging confluence between biology and statistical physics, Professors Mehran Kardar and Leonid Mirny designed 'Statistical Physics in Biology' for the Physics Department at MIT. This lecture-based course considers how bioinformatic methods are used to extract data from DNA, gene finding, phylogenetic trees and collective behavior of evolution, neural networks, cellular networks and biological elements.

Course materials provided with 'Statistic Physics and Biology' OpenCourseWare include recommended reading list, lecture notes, guidelines for final project and problem sets. If this course strikes your fancy, please visit the statistical physics concepts and tools applied to bioinformatics course page.

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