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Course unit
MEP5071018, A.A. 2017/18

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Degree course 6 years single cycle degree in
ME1728, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 7.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PHYSICS AND BIOPHYSICS
Department of reference Department of Medicine
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Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in MEDICINE AND SURGERY (Ord. 2015)

Teacher in charge FRANCESCO MARZARI FIS/05

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses FIS/07 Applied Physics (Cultural Heritage, Environment, Biology and Medicine) 7.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Group didactic activities 0.0 8 0.0 No turn
Lecture 7.0 76 99.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
4 COMMISSIONE D'ESAME DI FISICA E BIOFISICA A.A. 2018/2019 02/10/2018 31/12/2019 MARZARI FRANCESCO (Presidente)
ZENNARO LUCIO (Membro Effettivo)
3 COMMISSIONE D'ESAME DI FISICA E BIOFISICA A.A. 2017/2018 02/10/2017 31/12/2019 MARZARI FRANCESCO (Presidente)
ZENNARO LUCIO (Membro Effettivo)
1 COMMISSIONE D'ESAME DI FISICA E BIOFISICA A.A. 2015/2016 01/10/2015 31/12/2019 ZENNARO LUCIO (Presidente)
MARZARI FRANCESCO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: prerequisites: none.
Target skills and knowledge: Basic knowledge of physics in view of its application to medicine: statics and dynamics (orthopedics), optics, acustics, fluid dynamics, electric and magnetic phenomena (physiology), radiation.
Examination methods: Written test with 12 multiple choice questions and 4 exercises. The multiple choice questions may require some analytical derivations. Example of previous tests are given at
Course unit contents: 1) Introductory review on the fundamental constituents of matter (quarks, letpons) and of the forces acting on them (strong and weak interactions, electromagnetism, gravity)

2) Equations of motion in 1 and 3 dimensions, uniformly accelarated motion, parabolic motion, uniform circular motion, centripetal acceleration. Examples.

3) The three fundamental principles of mechanics, different kind of forces (gravity, contact, friction, elastic), inclined plane motion. Examples.

4) Definition of work and power, kinetic energy, elastic and gravitational potential energy.

5) Conservation laws (energy, momentum, angular momentum) with applications, different types of levers and mode of operation of the lower jaw. Definition of angular acceleration, moment of a force, pulleys.

6) Harmonic motion

7) Hooke's law and application to bone fractures.

8) Fluids: law of the flow rate and Bernulli's theorem. Application to aneurysm and stenosis. Viscosity, Poiseuille e Stokes laws, Reynolds number, turbulence, sedimentation and
erythrocyte sedimentation rate

9) Gauss theorem for the gravitational force, binding energy and escape velocity.

10) Thermodynamics: definition of temperature, heat, thermal capacity, specific and latent heat. Heat transport, conduction, convection, irradiation, thermoregulation of the human body.
Ideal gasses, Boyle and Gay-Lussac laws, barotrauma. Kinetic theory of gasses, average kinetic energy, internal energy, work and first principle of thermodynamics. Thermodynamical transformations (isobar, isochoric, isothermal and adiabatic), Mayer relation. Introduction to the second principle.

12) Electric field, binding states, Gauss theorem. Conductors,capacitors and electrostatic energy. Electric current, Ohm's law, resistances in series and in parallel, RC circuit.

13) Magnetic field, Lorentz's force, mass spectrometer. Laws of Biot-Savart and Ampere and their applications. Magnetic induction and Faraday's law, dynamo and turbine.

14) Longitudinal and trasversal waves, sinusoidal waves, wave number and wavelength, frequency, stationary waves, beating, Doppler's effect. Transport of energy by a wave, intensity and Decibel's scale. Short introduction to echoscan.

15) Optics, interference and diffraction, Airy's disk, rrefraction and Snell's law, lenses.

16) Energetic levels in the atom, emission and absorption of light, x-rays production.

17) Different types of radiation (alpha, beta, gamma), definition of Gray e Sievert. Bragg's peak and therapeutic use of high energy protons and ions, short description of LINAC and synchroton. Law of radioactive decay, dating.
Additional notes about suggested reading: At: tutorials covering all topics presented in class.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Bellini, Gianpaolo; Manuzio, Giulio; Meinardi, Francesco, Fisica per le scienze della vita. Padova: Piccin, 2010. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Cromer, Alan H.; Tornielli, Giorgio; Peruzzo, L., Fisica per medicina, farmacia e scienze biologiche. Padova: Piccin, 1976. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Cromer, Alan H., Physics for the life sciences. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1977. Cerca nel catalogo