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Physics in Biology and Medicine

The fourth edition of Physics for Biology and Medicine, covers topics in physics as they apply to the life sciences, specifically medicine, physiology, nursing and other applied health fields. This concise introductory paperback surveys and relates basic physics to living systems, encompassing solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, sound, electricity, optics, and atomic and nuclear physics. The new edition has been updated with a discussion of atomic force microscopy, use of lasers in medical diagnostics and the applications of nanotechnology in biology and medicine.

Applied health workers, even with little formal background in physics, will learn how biological systems can be analyzed quantitatively, how physical and engineering analysis techniques have helped advance the life sciences, and also the limits of quantitative analysis as applied to living systems. End-of-chapter exercises and extensive reference sections add to the book’s value in academic and clinical settings.

Paperback, 352 Pages

Published: December 2012

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-386513-7


  • "The text provides clear descriptions of medical devices and techniques such as MRI, CAT scan and cochlear implant. It discusses biological systems that can be analyzed quantitatively and shows how advances in the life sciences have been aided by the knowledge of physical or engineering analysis techniques."--Anticancer Research, August 2013

    Reviews from the 2e:

    "This is a book you should consider if you are teaching the one-semester premed course. This text could be used in two ways: 1) as a text for a one-term course in the physics of the body (without calculus) for non-physics majors in premed or allied health programs, or 2) as a supplementary text for the introductory physics course, particularly for premed students."--Russell Hobbie, University of Minnesota
    "There is certainly a viable market (for this book), if not as a stand-alone physics text, as a collection of problems, examples, and discussions at the boundary between physics and biology and medicine. It is very well written; it is certainly accurate; and it is pretty complete."--David Cinabro, Wayne State University


  • Abbreviations
    Chapter 1: Static Forces
    Chapter 2: Friction
    Chapter 3: Translational Motion
    Chapter 4: Angular Motion
    Chapter 5: Elasticity and Strength of Materials
    Chapter 6: Insect Flight
    Chapter 7: Fluids
    Chapter 8: The Motion of Fluids
    Chapter 9: Heat and Kinetic Theory
    Chapter 10: Thermodynamics
    Chapter 11: Heat and Life
    Chapter 12: Waves and Sound
    Chapter 13: Electricity
    Chapter 14: Electrical Technology
    Chapter 15: Optics
    Chapter 16: Atomic Physics
    Chapter 17: Nuclear Physics
    Chapter 18: Nanotechnology in Biology and Medicine
    Appendix A: Basic Concepts in Mechanics
    Appendix B: Review of Electricity
    Appendix C: Review of Optics
    Answers to Numerical Exercises
    Note on the Instructor's Solution Manual


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