Biophysics An Introduction

ISBN-10: 0471485381
ISBN-13: 9780471485384
Edition: 2002
Authors: Rodney Cotterill
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Description: Biophysics is a field that encompasses physics, biology and medicine. It is an applied area of physics and one where there is significant research activity. Cotterill's introduction to the topic also includes information on recent developments.

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Book details

List price: $100.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/16/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.936
Language: English

Biophysics is a field that encompasses physics, biology and medicine. It is an applied area of physics and one where there is significant research activity. Cotterill's introduction to the topic also includes information on recent developments.

Preface
Introduction
Exercises
Further reading
Chemical Binding
Quantum Mechanics
Pauli Exclusion Principle
Ionization Energy, Electron Affinity and Chemical Binding
Electronegativity and Strong Bonds
Secondary Bonds
Exercises
Further reading
Energies, Forces and Bonds
Interatomic Potentials for Strong Bonds
Interatomic Potentials for Weak Bonds
Non-central Forces
Bond Energies
Spring Constants
Exercises
Further reading
Rates of Reaction
Free Energy
Internal Energy
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
Reaction Kinetics
Water, Acids, Bases and Aqueous Reactions
Radiation Energy
Exercises
Further reading
Transport Processes
Diffusion
Viscosity
Thermal Conduction
Exercises
Further reading
Some Techniques and Methods
X-Ray Diffraction and Molecular Structure
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy
Atomic Force Microscopy
Optical Tweezers
Patch Clamping
Molecular Dynamics
Potential Energy Contour Tracing
Exercises
Further reading
Biological Polymers
Nucleic Acids
Nucleic Acid Conformation: DNA
Nucleic Acid Conformation: RNA
Proteins
Protein Folding
Exercises
Further reading
Biological Membranes
Historical Background
Membrane Chemistry and Structure
Membrane Physics
Exercises
Further reading
Biological Energy
Energy Consumption
Respiration
Photosynthesis
ATP Synthesis
Exercises
Further reading
Movement of Organisms
Bacterial Motion
Chemical Memory in Primitive Organisms
Muscular Movement
Human Performance
Exercises
Further reading
Excitable Membranes
Diffusion and Mobility of Ions
Resting Potential
Exercises
Further reading
Nerve Signals
Passive Response
Nerve Impulses (Action Potentials)
The Nervous System
Exercises
Further reading
Memory
Hebbian Learning
Neural Networks
Auto-association
Exercises
Further reading
Control of Movement
The Primacy of Movement
Ballistic Control in a Simplified Visual System
More Sophisticated Modes of Control
The Heterogeneous Structure of Muscle Fibres
Central Pattern Generators
Conditioned Reflexes
Volition and Free Will
What Purpose Does Consciousness Serve?
Passive versus Active in Mental Processing
The Relevant Anatomy and Physiology
Intelligence and Creativity
A Final Word
Exercises
Further reading
Elements of Quantum Mechanics
Quantization of Energy
Atomic Structure
The Wave Equation
Quantum Mechanical Tunnelling
Exercises
Further reading
The Hydrogen Atom
The Hamiltonian
The Hydrogen Atom
Solution of the [Phi] Equation
Solution of the [Theta] Equation
Solution of the R Equation
Quantum Numbers and Energy Levels
Wave Functions
Exercises
Further reading
Thermal Motion
Ideal Gases
Liquids
Exercises
Further reading
Probability Distributions
Bernoulli Trials and the Binomial Distribution
The Poisson Approximation
The Normal, or Gaussian, Distribution
Further reading
Differential Equations
Further reading
Name Index
Subject Index

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