Physics of the Human Body

ISBN-10: 0801894565
ISBN-13: 9780801894565
Edition: 2010
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Description: Richard P. McCall's fascinating book explains how basic concepts of physics apply to the fundamental activities and responses of the human body, a veritable physics laboratory.Blood pumping through our veins is a vital example of Poiseuille flow;  More...

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Book details

List price: $48.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 4/26/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Richard P. McCall's fascinating book explains how basic concepts of physics apply to the fundamental activities and responses of the human body, a veritable physics laboratory.Blood pumping through our veins is a vital example of Poiseuille flow; the act of running requires friction to propel the runner forward; and the quality of our eyesight demonstrates how properties of light enable us to correct near- and far-sightedness.Each chapter discusses a fundamental physics concept and relates it to the anatomy and physiology of applicable parts of the body. Topics include motion, fluids and pressure, temperature and heat, speech and hearing, electrical behaviors, optics, biological effects of radiation, and drug concentrations. Clear and compelling, with a limited amount of math, McCall's descriptions allow readers of all levels to appreciate the physics of the human physique.Physics of the Human Body will help curious high school students, undergraduates with medical aspirations, and practicing medical professionals understand more about the underlying physics principles of the human body.

Preface
Motion and Balance
Fluids and Pressure
Energy, Work, and Metabolism
Sound, Speech, and Hearing
Electrical Properties and Cell Potential
Optics of the Eye
Biological Effects of Nuclear Radiation
Drug Delivery and Concentration
Notes
Index

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