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Course-tested text directed specifically at the needs of Life and Health Science and Pre-medical students
Fully integrates biology, biophysics and medical techniques into the presentation of modern physics
Profusely illustrated with many color photos and line drawings
Chapters contain three types of learning aids for students: open-ended questions, multiple-choice questions, and quantitative problems in addition to numerous worked examples
Solutions manual available for instructors
Originally developed for the author's course at Union College, this text is designed for life science students who need to understand the connections of fundamental physics to modern biology and medicine. Almost all areas of modern life sciences integrally involve physics in both experimental techniques and in basic understanding of structure and function. Physics of the Life Sciences is not a watered-down, algebra-based engineering physics book with sections on relevant biomedical topics added as an afterthought. This authoritative and engaging text, which is designed to be covered in a two-semester course, was written with a thoroughgoing commitment to the needs and interests of life science students.
Although covering most of the standard topics in introductory physics in a more or less traditional sequence, the author gives added weight and space to concepts and applications of greater relevance to the life sciences. Students benefit from occasional sidebars using calculus to derive fundamental relations, but only algebra and trigonometry are used to explore the basic physical concepts in the main body of the text and to solve end-of-chapter problems.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Biophysics - electromagnetic - electron microscopy - fluorescence - imaging - magnetic fields - magnetic resonance - microscopy - physical concepts - temperature - thermodynamics - tomography