A Flexible Laboratory Exercise Introducing Practical Aspects of Mean Squared Displacement

Alexander B. C. Mantilla, Nathan J. Kuwada
2021 The Biophysicist  
Mean squared displacement is a standard biophysical tool for characterizing the motion of particles in a thermally dominated environment, yet it is rarely formally introduced or discussed in undergraduate curriculum. Here, we provide a flexible and adaptable experimental or computational lab activity that provides a practical introduction to mean squared displacement and anomalous diffusion that includes optional experimental protocols and computational simulation techniques for data collection
more » ... and discusses a variety of analysis techniques. This lab activity has been implemented both face-to-face and completely online and provides crucial experience in important research techniques, helping to bridge traditional undergraduate curriculum and modern biophysics research.
doi:10.35459/tbp.2020.000157 fatcat:mp2f5bcj7fbfff2vpsprqcl6hi