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Applied Physics

Code 13635
Year 1
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload PL(30H)/T(30H)
Scientific area Physics and Chemistry
Entry requirements Not applicable.
Mode of delivery Face to face.
Work placements not applicable.
Learning outcomes The objective of this Course Unit is to teach physics concepts useful for Pharmaceutical Science, specifically in the areas of fluids, surface phenomena, transport phenomena, and optics.
Upon completing the course unit the student should be able to:
Explain elementary laws of fluid physics and use them to analyze practical situations including flow and centrifugation.
Describe phenomena associated with surfaces and interfaces, including consequences of surface tension, adsorption and surfactants, the double electric layer and electrokinetic phenomena, and colloidal systems.
Describe diffusion phenomenology, explain Brownian motion, Fick's laws, and osmosis.
Apply the laws of reflection and refraction.
Describe the wave nature of light propagation and polarization.
Explain and apply refractometry and polarimetry.
Syllabus 1. Fluids
1.1. Hydrostatics.
1.2. Elementary hydrodynamics.
1.3. Sedimentation and centrifugation.
2. Surface phenomena.
2.1. Surface tension.
2.2. Adsorption.
2.3. Electrokinetic phenomena.
2.4. Colloids.
3. Diffusion
3.1. Brownian motion.
3.2. Fick's laws.
3.3. Osmosis.
4. Light propagation.
4.1. Reflection and refraction.
4.2. Refractometry and polarimetry.

The topics proposed are sufficient and necessary to fulfill the objectives defined for this course unit.
Main Bibliography José Enrique Rodas Duran,
Biofísica - Fundamentos e Aplicações
São Paulo, Prentice Hall, 2003

Emico Okuno, Ibere Luiz Caldas, Cecil Chow,
Física para Ciências Biológicas e Biomédicas,
São Paulo, Harper & Row do Brasil, 1982
Reedição - Editora Harbra, 1986

Paul Davidovits,
Physics in Biology and Medicine, 4th edition,
Academic Press, 2012
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Assessment: Two tests - 10 values each, or final exam.
Approved - Evaluation equal or superior to 10 values.
Frequency, required for admission to the final exam - Assessment of 6 or more, and attendance of a minimum of 65% of classes.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2021-02-09

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