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Physics for the Living World (6 points)


Leader: Dr David Mills

Clayton First semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: Principles of force and movement applied to skeletal structures, human movement and sport, centrifugation, oscillations, effects on living systems. Bio-electricity including nerve conduction, membrane potential, defibrillation, ECG and EEG, electrical measurements in bio-systems. Energy production and transport, pressure, diffusion and osmosis. Fluid flow and the cardiovascular system and heat flow in the body. Optical properties of biological and useful materials, refraction, reflection, polarisation, with particular reference to human vision and the microscope. X-rays and nuclear radiations: effects on living matter, diagnostic and therapeutic uses.

Assessment: Examination (3 hours): 50% + Practical work: 28% + Tests/assignments 22%

Contact Hours: Three 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour practical class per week

Prohibitions: PHS1011, PHS1627, BMS1031

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