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We describe a simple simulation, suitable for an undergraduate project or graduate problem set, of the Brownian motion of a particle in a Hooke’s law potential well. Understanding this physical situation is necessary in many experimental contexts, for instance in single molecule biophysics, and its simulation helps students appreciate the dynamical character of thermal equilibrium. The simulation captures behavior seen in experimental data on tethered particle motion.


Suggested Citation:
J.F. Beausang et al. Elementary simulation of tethered Brownian motion. American Journal of Physics 75 (6), p. 520-523

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Date Posted: 12 May 2011

This document has been peer reviewed.