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Biophysics For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-51350-7
432 pages
September 2013
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Introduction  1

Part I: Getting Started with Biophysics  5

Chapter 1: Welcoming You to the World of Biophysics 7

Chapter 2: Interrogating Biophysics: The Five Ws and One H 19

Chapter 3: Speaking Physics: The Basics for All Areas of Biophysics 25

Part II: Calling the Mechanics to Fix Your Bio — Biomechanics  47

Chapter 4: Bullying Biomechanics with the Laws of Physics 49

Chapter 5: Sitting with Couch Potatoes — Static Equilibrium 77

Chapter 6: Building the Mechanics of the Human Body and Animals 105

Chapter 7: Making The World Go Round With Physics — Dynamics 139

Chapter 8: Looking at Where Moving Objects Go — Kinematics 165

Part III: Making Your Blood Boil — The Physics of Fluids  187

Chapter 9: Understanding the Mechanics of Fluids and Cohesive Forces 189

Chapter 10: Going with the Fluid Flow — Fluid Dynamics 209

Chapter 11: Breaking through to the Other Side — Transport, Membranes, and Porous Material 235

Part IV: Playing the Music Too Loud — Sound and Waves  253

Chapter 12: Examining the Physics of Waves and Sound 255

Chapter 13: Grasping How Animals and Instruments Produce Sound Waves 275

Chapter 14: Detecting Sound Waves with the Ear 293

Chapter 15: Listening to Sound — Doppler Effect, Echolocation, and Imaging 305

Part V: Interacting Subatomic Particles’ Influcence on Biological Organisms  315

Chapter 16: Charging Matter: The Laws of Physics for Electricity, Magnetism, and Electromagnetism 317

Chapter 17: Tapping into the Physics of Radiation 339

Chapter 18: Fighting the Big C — But Not All Radiation Is Bad 359

Chapter 19: Seeing Good Biophysics in the Medical Field 375

Part VI: The Part of Tens  385

Chapter 20: Ten (or So) Tips to Help You Master Your Biophysics Course 387

Chapter 21: Ten Careers for People Studying Biophysics 391

Index  395

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