Physical Basis of Biological Systems
University of Queensland
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
Host University Units2
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
OverviewCourse DescriptionIntroductory mechanics, Newtonian dynamics, projectile motion, work & energy, elastic properties of solids, fluids, heat, electromagnetic radiation, radiation physics, dc. electricity, bioelectric effects. Special lectures on biophysical applications including biomedical instrumentation, lasers in dentistry and medicine. Laboratory experiments.Course Introduction
Learning ObjectivesAfter successfully completing this course you should be able to:
- This is a non-calculus introduction to Physics in a biological context, introducing the physical principles that underlie the biological world.
- It is designed for a range of students, including those wishing to major in biology or chemistry fields.
- It may also be used as preparation for GAMSAT for entry to the Graduate Medical Program.
Class Contact3hours Lectures, 1 hour Tutorial, 3 hours PracticalAssessment SummaryIn class quiz: 5% (bonus)Tutorial: 10%Laboratory Report: 20%Mid-Semester Exam: 15%Final Exam: 55%
- Define, explain and interrelate fundamental concepts of physics, of relevance to biological systems
- Identify the essential physics governing the behaviour of a range of systems
- Apply theory and techniques to solve a range of numerical problems and obtain correct values for physical quantities in appropriate units of measurement
- Investigate phenomena, perform experimental measurements and analyse data
- Comprehend and present information in various scientific forms (tabular, graphical, diagrammatic, written)
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