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Code 9096
Year 2
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload T(30H)/TP(30H)
Scientific area Physics
Entry requirements None
Mode of delivery --Face to Face with recourse to e-learning.
Work placements --Not applicable.
Learning outcomes --The objective of this curricular unit is that students acquire theoretical and practical knowledge for understanding the mechanics of the human body, including forces and momenta. The students should also understand applications of fluid mechanics to the blood circulation.
--A student completing this course should be able to identify, interpret and analyze elementary mechanical applications within the human body, related with forces, momenta and blood circulation.
Syllabus --Applications of Mechanics in Medicine and Biology involving the following topics:
1.Kinematics and a two-dimensional. Maximum jump length.
2.Forces and Newton's Laws of Motion.
3. Dynamics and the uniform circular motion.
Walking and running.
4.Work and energy. Work and power of muscles. Energy and power in the race.
5. Impulse and linear momentum. Impulsive force and injury due to a fall. Animal propulsion.
6. Rotational kinematics. Physics of Basketball. Rotational Dynamics. Levers and Biomechanics.
7. Elasticity and simple harmonic motion. Bone fracture and bone design.
Stresses in the leg during movement. Physics of karate: breaking wooden blocks of wood with bare hands.
8. Fluids. Examples of pressure in human organs. Circulation of blood around the body. Cardiovascular system. Vascular turbulence. Deseases related to blood flow or abnormal blood vessels and Bernoulli’s principle.
9. Waves and sound. Physics of hearing. Sound perception.
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, Mcgraw-Hill College; 2 edition (June 1994)

Fundamentals of Biomechanics: Equilibrium, Motion, and Deformation
Nihat Özkaya, Margareta Nordin, Springer; 2nd edition 1999.

Physics of the Human Body, Irving P. Herman, Springer 2007.

Physics With Illustrative Examples from Medicine and Biology: Mechanics (vol. 1)
George B. Benedek, Felix M.H. Villars, Springer; 2nd edition 2000.

Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2023-01-19

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