Physics for the Life Sciences 3rd edition

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Martin Zinke-Allmang, Reza Nejat, Eduardo Galiano-Riveros, Johann Bayer, and Michael Xiaoke Chen
Publisher: Nelson Education, Ltd.

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  • Chapter 1: Physics and the Life Sciences
    • 1.1: The Predictable Universe
    • 1.2: Significant Figures
    • 1.3: Scientific Notation
    • 1.4: Units of Measure
    • 1.5: Dimensional Analysis
    • 1.6: Proportionality
    • 1.7: Order of Magnitude Estimation
    • 1: Multiple-Choice Questions
    • 1: Conceptual Questions
    • 1: Analytical Problems (11)

  • Chapter 2: Kinematics
    • 2.1: Setting Up the Coordinate System
    • 2.2: Motion in One Dimension
    • 2.3: Motion in Two Dimensions
    • 2.4: Uniform Circular Motion
    • 2.5: Physiological Detection of Velocity
    • 2.6: Physiological Detection of Acceleration
    • 2: Multiple-Choice Questions
    • 2: Conceptual Questions
    • 2: Analytical Problems (20)

  • Chapter 3: Forces
    • 3.1: What Is a Force?
    • 3.2: Properties of a Force
    • 3.3: Action of a Force
    • 3.4: Measuring Forces
    • 3.5: Categories of Forces
    • 3.6: Fundamental Forces
    • 3.7: Non-fundamental Forces
    • 3.8: Free Body Diagram
    • 3.9: Equilibrium
    • 3.10: Muscles as Origin of Forces
    • 3.11: Can Our Bodies Detect Forces?
    • 3: Multiple-Choice Questions
    • 3: Conceptual Questions
    • 3: Analytical Problems (23)

  • Chapter 4: Newton's Laws
    • 4.1: Newton's Laws of Motion
    • 4.2: Free Body Diagram, Revisited
    • 4.3: Newton's First Law
    • 4.4: Newton's Second Law
    • 4.5: Newton's Third Law
    • 4.6: Applications of Newton's Laws, Non-fundamental Forces Revisited
    • 4.7: Weight and Apparent Weight
    • 4.8: Dynamics of Uniform Circular Motion and Centripetal Force
    • 4.9: Physiological Applications of Newton's Laws
    • 4: Multiple-Choice Questions
    • 4: Conceptual Questions
    • 4: Analytical Problems (27)

  • Chapter 5: Centre of Mass and Linear Momentum
    • 5.1: Centre of Mass Definition
    • 5.2: Linear Momentum and Impulse
    • 5.3: Newton's Third Law Applied to Internal Forces
    • 5.4: Conservation of Linear Momentum
    • 5: Multiple-Choice Questions
    • 5: Conceptual Questions
    • 5: Analytical Problems (15)

  • Chapter 6: Torque and Equilibrium
    • 6.1: Force and Extended Object
    • 6.2: Torque
    • 6.3: Mechanical Equilibrium for a Rigid Object
    • 6.4: Classes of Levers and Physiological Applications
    • 6.5: Torque and Rotational Motion
    • 6.6: Since When Did Hominids Walk on Two Legs?
    • 6: Multiple-Choice Questions
    • 6: Conceptual Questions
    • 6: Analytical Problems (19)

  • Chapter 7: Energy and Its Conversation
    • 7.1: Observations about Energy
    • 7.2: Defining Work
    • 7.3: Kinetic and Potential Energy
    • 7.4: Is Mechanical Energy Conserved?
    • 7: Multiple-Choice Questions
    • 7: Conceptual Questions
    • 7: Analytical Problems (16)

  • Chapter 8: Gases
    • 8.1: The Basic Parameters of the Respiratory System at Rest
    • 8.2: Pressure–Volume Relationships of the Air in the Lungs
    • 8.3: The Empirical Gas Laws
    • 8.4: Mechanical Model of the Ideal Gas
    • 8.5: Energy Contained in the Ideal Gas
    • 8.6: Implications of the Kinetic Gas Theory
    • 8.7: Mixed Gases
    • 8: Multiple-Choice Questions
    • 8: Conceptual Questions
    • 8: Analytical Problems (23)

  • Chapter 9: Thermal Physics
    • 9.1: Quantitative Representation of Dynamic Breathing
    • 9.2: Work Done On or By a Gas
    • 9.3: Work for Systems with Variable Pressure
    • 9.4: Heat and the First Law of Thermodynamics
    • 9.5: Basic Thermodynamic Processes
    • 9.6: Cyclic Processes
    • 9.7: Reversibility
    • 9.8: The Second Law of Thermodynamics
    • 9: Multiple-Choice Questions
    • 9: Conceptual Questions
    • 9: Analytical Problems (23)

  • Chapter 10: Transport of Energy and Matter
    • 10.1: Membranes in Living Organisms
    • 10.2: Physical Membranes as an Idealized Concept
    • 10.3: Heat Conduction
    • 10.4: Diffusion
    • 10: Multiple-Choice Questions
    • 10: Conceptual Questions
    • 10: Analytical Problems (14)

  • Chapter 11: Static Fluids
    • 11.1: Model System: The Ideal Stationary Fluid
    • 11.2: Pressure in an Ideal Stationary Fluid
    • 11.3: Buoyancy
    • 11.4: Fluid Surfaces
    • 11.5: Bubbles and Droplets
    • 11.6: Capillarity
    • 11: Multiple-Choice Questions
    • 11: Conceptual Questions
    • 11: Analytical Problems (15)

  • Chapter 12: Fluid Flow
    • 12.1: Basic Issues in Blood Flow
    • 12.2: Flow of an Ideal Dynamic Fluid
    • 12.3: Flow of a Newtonian Fluid
    • 12.4: Special Topics in Fluid Flow
    • 12: Multiple-Choice Questions
    • 12: Conceptual Questions
    • 12: Analytical Problems (18)

  • Chapter 13: Elasticity and Vibrations
    • 13.1: Elasticity
    • 13.2: Plastic Deformations
    • 13.3: Hooke's Law
    • 13.4: Vibrations
    • 13.5: Forced Oscillation and Resonance
    • 13: Multiple-Choice Questions
    • 13: Conceptual Questions
    • 13: Analytical Problems (18)

  • Chapter 14: Waves
    • 14.1: What Is a Wave?
    • 14.2: Physical Properties of Waves
    • 14.3: Harmonic Waves
    • 14.4: Superposition
    • 14.5: Reflection
    • 14.6: Standing Waves
    • 14: Multiple-Choice Questions
    • 14: Conceptual Questions
    • 14: Analytical Problems (24)

  • Chapter 15: Sound
    • 15.1: Sound Waves
    • 15.2: Vibration of a Gas Confined by a Piston
    • 15.3: Longitudinal Waves in a Gas
    • 15.4: Sound Waves in a Confined Medium
    • 15.5: Sound Resonance
    • 15.6: Hearing
    • 15: Multiple-Choice Questions
    • 15: Conceptual Questions
    • 15: Analytical Problems (24)

  • Chapter 16: Electric Force and Field
    • 16.1: Electric Charge and Force
    • 16.2: Newton's Laws and Charged Objects
    • 16.3: Electrical Phenomena in Life Science Applications
    • 16.4: Electric Field
    • 16: Multiple-Choice Questions
    • 16: Conceptual Questions
    • 16: Analytical Problems (17)

  • Chapter 17: Electrical Energy and Potential
    • 17.1: The Electric Energy
    • 17.2: The Electric Potential
    • 17.3: Conservation of Energy
    • 17.4: Capacitors
    • 17.5: Extended Case Study: The Nerve as an Electrical System
    • 17: Multiple-Choice Questions
    • 17: Conceptual Questions
    • 17: Analytical Problems (14)

  • Chapter 18: The Flow of Charges
    • 18.1: Electric Current and Resistance
    • 18.2: Electrochemistry of Resting Nerves
    • 18.3: The Signal Decay Time of a Resting Nerve
    • 18.4: Stimulated Nerve Impulses
    • 18.5: Extended Case Study in Medicine: Electrocardiography
    • 18: Multiple-Choice Questions
    • 18: Conceptual Questions
    • 18: Analytical Problems (13)

  • Chapter 19: The Atom
    • 19.1: The Atom in Classical Physics
    • 19.2: A Semi-classical Model for Hydrogen
    • 19.3: Quantum Mechanical Model of the Atom
    • 19: Multiple-Choice Questions
    • 19: Conceptual Questions
    • 19: Analytical Problems (7)

  • Chapter 20: Magnetism and Electromagnetic Waves
    • 20.1: Magnetic Force and Field Due to an Electric Current
    • 20.2: Magnetism Due to Charged Particles in Motion
    • 20.3: Aston's Mass Spectrometer
    • 20.4: Interacting Electric and Magnetic Fields
    • 20.5: Physics and Physiology of Colour
    • 20: Multiple-Choice Questions
    • 20: Conceptual Questions
    • 20: Analytical Problems (17)

  • Chapter 21: Geometric Optics
    • 21.1: What Is Optics?
    • 21.2: Reflection
    • 21.3: Refraction
    • 21.4: Applications in Optometry and Ophthalmology
    • 21.5: The Light Microscope
    • 21: Multiple-Choice Questions
    • 21: Conceptual Questions
    • 21: Analytical Problems (22)

  • Chapter 22: The Atomic Nucleus
    • 22.1: Stable Atomic Nuclei
    • 22.2: Nuclear Force and Energy
    • 22.3: Radioactive Decay
    • 22.4: The Nuclear Spin
    • 22.5: Two-Level Systems
    • 22: Multiple-Choice Questions
    • 22: Conceptual Questions
    • 22: Analytical Problems (8)

  • Chapter 23: Diagnostic Ultrasound Imaging
    • 23.1: Sound Absorption
    • 23.2: Reflection and Transmission of Waves at Flat Interfaces
    • 23.3: The Ultrasound Image
    • 23.4: Doppler Ultrasound: The Use of the Doppler Effect in Medicine
    • 23: Multiple-Choice Questions
    • 23: Conceptual Questions
    • 23: Analytical Problems (9)

  • Chapter 24: Diagnostic X-ray Imaging
    • 24.1: Origin of X-rays
    • 24.2: Photon Interaction Processes with Matter
    • 24.3: Photon Attenuation
    • 24.4: Contrast in X-ray Images
    • 24.5: Radiation Dose
    • 24.6: Clinical Applications
    • 24: Multiple-Choice Questions
    • 24: Conceptual Questions
    • 24: Analytical Problems (8)

  • Chapter 25: Diagnostic Nuclear Medicine Imaging
    • 25.1: Historical Introduction
    • 25.2: Radioactive Decay
    • 25.3: The Detection of Radiation
    • 25.4: The Gamma (Anger) Camera
    • 25.5: Single-Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) Imaging
    • 25.6: Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Imaging
    • 25.7: Clinical Applications
    • 25: Multiple-Choice Questions
    • 25: Conceptual Questions
    • 25: Analytical Problems (9)

  • Chapter 26: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
    • 26.1: Interactions of Nuclear Spins in Condensed Matter
    • 26.2: Pulse Repetition Time and Time of Echo
    • 26.3: Spin Echo Technique
    • 26.4: Imaging Utilizing the Gradient Field Method
    • 26: Multiple-Choice Questions
    • 26: Conceptual Questions
    • 26: Analytical Problems (7)

  • Chapter 27: Radiation Therapy
    • 27.1: Introduction
    • 27.2: The Co-60 Unit
    • 27.3: The Medical Linear Accelerator
    • 27.4: The Percent Depth Dose Function
    • 27.5: The Tissue Air Ratio Function
    • 27.6 Clinical Applications
    • 27: Multiple-Choice Questions
    • 27: Conceptual Questions
    • 27: Analytical Problems (9)


Physics for the Life Sciences, 3rd edition, by Martin Zinke-Allmang, Ken Sills, Reza Nejat, and Eduardo Galiano-Riveros brings the beauty of physics to life. Taking an algebra-based approach with the selective use of calculus, this text provides a concise approach to basic physics concepts using a fresh layout and many conceptual examples. The WebAssign component for this text includes instant feedback to randomized questions and links to an eBook.

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