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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
Entry requirements Students should have basic knowledge of particle kinematics and dynamics.
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.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria The teaching consists of lectures and problem-solving classes. The students are asked to make homework assignments. This course lasts one semester and it includes 60 hours of contact with the professor, 92 hours of autonomous work and 8 hours for evaluation (total: 160 hours). The evaluation is performed in two stages: - Periodical assessment: two written theoretical and practical tests throughout the semester. - Final exam (with a theoretical and practical part) for admitted students. Evaluation methods and criteria: The final classification consists of the 2 written tests.

Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2023-06-16

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