What’s the antimatter?

June 13, 2013 § 3 Comments

Biophysics cramming is in full swing and I’m crossing my fingers that it all pays off next Wednesday. Jannie and I are studying together for this exam and I’m really appreciating that I’m not “alone” this round. After last Friday’s biochemistry semi-final I was completely demolished. I took Friday afternoon and all day Saturday to recuperate, closing the “study vacation” with a date night with Skjalg.

Sunday and Monday started off a little slower than Jannie and I would have liked. For the exam, we need to prepare 90 topics, 46 calculations and 20 labs. We originally set out to complete a fraction of those each day, but it ended up stressing us out more than motivating us. So what did we do? Evolve our study plan! Yesterday and today were spent covering topics from the topic list on our own. Tomorrow we will continue with that, but if we find that we are running out of time, we will split up the remaining topics. Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be spent going through the 20 labs and 46 calculations and then finally Monday and Tuesday are set off for review.

Here is an idea of the topic list:

01. Early atomic models. Rutherford-experiment. Franck-Hertz experiment. Bohr       model of atom.
06. Black body radiation. Kirchhoff’s laws. Stefan-Boltzmann law. Wien’s                    displacement law. Planck’s law of radiation.
12. Production of gamma-radiation, K-capture.
22. Mechanisms of ionizing radiation. Stochastic and deterministic effects. The            ALARA principle.
24. Isotope diagnostic methods. Gamma camera, static and dynamic tests,                  scintigraphy, SPECT.
26. Basic types of luminescence and their properties. Kasha’s rule. Luminescence       excitation and emission spectra. Luminescence lifetime.
30. Properties of laser light. Applications of lasers.
39. Structure, elasticity and biologically relevant sizes of DNA. Structure and               folding of RNA. 
44. Methods of biomolecular structural analysis: mass spectrometry, CD-                  spectroscopy. X-ray diffraction and its applications.
51. Statistical interpretation of entropy. Thermodynamic probability. The                    third law of thermodynamics.
65. Action of mechanical forces on biological tissues. Biomechanics of hard                 tissues.
69. Microtubular system. Microtubule-dependent biological motion.
73. Respiratory cycle. Respiratory volumes and capacities. Role of surface                   tension in respiratory function.
75. The circulatory system as a vessel system. Physical variables across the                   circulatory system.
77. Structure of striated muscle. Fundamental processes of striated and smooth           muscle contraction.
78. Mechanisms of muscle contraction. Energetics of striated muscle.
79. Excitation-contraction coupling. Elasticity of striated muscle.
80. Electrical activity of the heart. Physical principles of the ECG.
81. The cardiac cycle. Work of the heart.
82. The resting membrane potential.
87. Biophysics of vision. Sensitivity of the human eye. Color vision. 
88. Biophysics of hearing. Signal amplification in the ear. 
91. Biophysics of complex systems. Collective behavior. Tissue differentiation. 

To help me cover them, I’ve been watching a lot of the biophysics videos by yairmeiry on youtube. He is a former student at Debrecen (another medical school in Hungary) that has made amazing videos based on the university’s lectures. Since I’ve been watching those videos, I’ve been using the efficiency graph I made for myself when I was studying for my last physics semi-final. Dorky, I know, but you wouldn’t believe how helpful it is!


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