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Physical Processes of the Human Body

Code 12529
Year 3
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 6
Workload TP(60H)
Scientific area Physics
Mode of delivery Face to Face with recourse to e-learning.
Work placements Not applicable.
Learning outcomes To understand the workings of the human body at the level of the following issues:

- Elasticity of tendons, blood vessels, bones;
- Significance and behaviour of fluids (blood, lymph, aqueous humour, cerebrospinal fluid, synovial fluid) in the human body;
- Transport phenomena involving the blood, air and heat;
- Importance of diffusion at the cellular level;
- Transport phenomena across cell membranes;
- Propagation of electrical signals in the human body (particularly along the axons);
- Propagation of sound and electromagnetic waves (light)
Syllabus 1 - Elasticity and strength of materials.
2 - Fluids in static equilibrium in the human body.
3 - The motion of fluids in the human body.
4 - Heat and kinetic theory. Diffusion.
5 - Osmosis.
6 - Heat and life.
7 - Electricity and the nervous system.
8 - Waves, sound and light.
9 - Senses: hearing and vision.
Main Bibliography - Biomedical Applications of Introductory Physics, J. A. Tuszynski e J. M. Dixon, John Wiley & Sons, 2002.
- Physics in Biology and Medicine, Paul Davidovits, Third Edition, Academic Press. 2008.
- Physics for the Life Sciences, Alan H Cromer, Second Edition, McGraw-Hill, 1977.
- Physics of the Human Body, Irving P. Herman, Springer 2007.
- Introduction to Biological Physics for the Health and Life Sciences, Kirsten Franklin, Paul Muir, Terry Scott, Lara Wilcocks e Paul Yates, Wiley 2010.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods The teaching consists of lectures and problem-solving classes. The students are asked to make homework assignments. The subjects that form the syllabus of this curricular unit are presented in a logical and coherent way during the theoretical lectures, together with demonstrations of some application examples related to the physics of human body processes. During problem-solving sessions, the students are asked to perform this case-study analysis by themselves, under supervision of the tutor. In order to further reinforce this training, the students are expected to solve some problems at home.
Metodologias de Ensino e Critérios de Avaliação A avaliação é realizada em duas fases: Avaliação contínua: 2 testes teórico-práticos ao longo do semestre letivo. Exame final (com parte teórica e parte prática) para os alunos admitidos. A assiduidade será controlada. Os alunos deverão frequentar pelo menos 80% das aulas. Classificação por Frequência: (Nota Freq 1 + Nota Freq 2) /2 Classificação por Exame: Nota Exame
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2016-06-09

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