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Course Title

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Physics for Medicine and Biology

Course Code

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MEPH 501

Credit Hours

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3

Prerequisite

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Graduate Standing

     

Course Description

Biomedical applications of physics including, e.g., biomechanics, solute exchange involving capillaries and glomeruli, differences in ionic concentrations and electric potentials across cell membranes, the electrodynamics of nerve impulse transmission, and the atomic and molecular physics of radiative heat loss of the body, thermography and vision.

 

Main Textbook

* Intermediate Physics for Medicine and Biology. R.K. Hobbie and B.J. Roth.  Fourth edition, 2007.  Springer.

 

References

* Fundamentals of Physics. Halliday, Resnick, & Walker
* Hole's Human Anatomy & Physiology. Shier et. al.
* Physics of the Body.  Cameron, Grant, & Skofronick
* Physics with Illustrative Examples from Medicine & Biology

 

Teaching Tools

* Computer presentations

* Blackboard

* Transparencies

* Internet online courses

* Group discussions

 

Assessment

Activity Weight
Problem Sets 10%
Exam #1 30%
Exam #2 30%
Final Exam 30%

 

Grading

Grade

Mark

A+ ≥89
A 82-88
B+ 75-81
B 68-74
C+ 61-67
C 54-60
D+ 47-53
D 40-46
F <40

 

Course Content 

Session

Topic

1.

Human bone and muscle system

2.

Forces on joints and muscles

3.

Stress and strain in bones

4.

Viscous flow of fluids

5.

Flow in the airways and the flow of blood

6.

Exponential growth and decay

7.

Clearance

8.

Multiple decay paths

9.

The probability distribution functions

10.

The Boltzmann factor

11.

The Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution

12.

The chemical potential

13.

The Gibbs free energy

14.

The continuity equation

15.

Random motion of solute particles

16.

Diffusion: Fick's first law

17.

Fick's second law of diffusion

18.

End effects in diffusion through a pore

19.

Osmotic pressure

20.

Flow of water through a membrane

21.

Volume transport through a membrane

22.

The artificial kidney

23.

Glomerular filtration in the kidney

24.

Nerve and muscle cells

25.

Resting potential difference

26.

Resistance and capacitance of a nerve cell

27.

The Hodgkin-Huxley model

28.

Propagating nerve impulse

29.

The potential outside a long cylindrical axon

30.

Electrical properties of the heart

31.

The electrocardiogram

32.

The magnetic field of an axon

33.

The magnetocardiogram

34.

Magnetic materials and biological systems

35.

Donnan equilibrium

36.

The Gouy-Chapman model

37.

The Debye-Huckel model

38.

The Nernst-Planck equation

39.

The Goldman equation

40.

Scattering and absorption of radiation

41.

Infrared radiation from the body

42.

Blue and ultraviolet radiation

43. Heating tissue with light