Physics of the Human Body

  • Irving P.┬áHerman

Part of the Biological and Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering book series (BIOMEDICAL)

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About this book


This book comprehensively addresses the physics and engineering aspects of human physiology by using and building on first-year college physics and mathematics. Topics include the mechanics of the static body and the body in motion, the mechanical properties of the body, muscles in the body, the energetics of body metabolism, fluid flow in the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, the acoustics of sound waves in speaking and hearing, vision and the optics of the eye, the electrical properties of the body, and the basic engineering principles of feedback and control in regulating all aspects of function. The goal of this text is to clearly explain the physics issues concerning the human body, in part by developing and then using simple and subsequently more refined models of the macrophysics of the human body. Many chapters include a brief review of the underlying physics. There are problems at the end of each chapter; solutions to selected problems are also provided. This second edition enhances the treatments of the physics of motion, sports, and diseases and disorders, and integrates discussions of these topics as they appear throughout the book.  Also, it briefly addresses physical measurements of and in the body, and offers a broader selection of problems, which, as in the first edition, are geared to a range of student levels.  This text is geared to undergraduates interested in physics, medical applications of physics, quantitative physiology, medicine, and biomedical engineering.


Acoustics of Sound Waves in Speaking and Hearing Biophysics of the Skelleton Electrical Properties of the Body Energetics of Body Metabolism Engineering Aspects of Human Physiology Fluid Flow in Cardiovascular Systems Mechanical Properties of the Body Physics for Med Students Physics of Sports Vision and Optics of the Eye

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  • Irving P.┬áHerman
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  1. 1.Department of Applied Physics and Applied MathematicsColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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