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MEP5071018, A.A. 2018/19

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Degree course 6 years single cycle degree in
ME1728, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2018/19
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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
Other lecturers LUCIO ZENNARO BIO/10

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 28 0.0 No turn
Lecture 7.0 56 119.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
5 COMMISSIONE D'ESAME DI FISICA E BIOFISICA A.A. 2019/2020 01/10/2019 31/12/2020 MARZARI FRANCESCO (Presidente)
ZENNARO LUCIO (Membro Effettivo)
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: A test will be given at the end of each part of the course while, during the official exam sessions, it will be possible to take both physics and biophysics exams independently. The result of each written test will be valid for 1 year.

Physics: 12 multiple choices questions with 4 possible answers of which only one correct. No penalty for wrong answers. THe questions can concern theory or require some analytic derivation.

Biophysics: 20 multiple choices questions with 4 possible answers of which only one correct. No penalty for wrong answers.

Final evaluation: 2/3 Physics + 1/3 Byophysics
Course unit contents: PHYSICS;
- Reference frame. Motion equations in 1 and 3 dimensions, uniformly accelerated, parabolic, uniformly circular motion, centripetal acceleration.
- Newton's laws, different kind of forces.
- Definition of work, kinetic and potential energy
(elastic and gravitational). Power and metabolism.
- Center of mass and its motion. Motion relative to it. Torque, equilibrium, angular and inertia moment. Application to the human body.
- Conservation of energy, momentum and angular momentum.
- Pressure, Stevin's and Archimede's laws, atmospheric pressure. Fluid motion, Bernoulli's and Poiseuille's laws. Reynolds number and turbulence. Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids. Viscosity and sedimentation. Blood circulation: flow rate, pressure and resistance. Narrowing in the blood vessels, aneurism, surface tension.
- Thermodynamics: temperature, heat, heat capacity, specific and latent heat, conduction, convection, irradiation. Thermoregulation of the human body. Boyle's and Gay-lussac's laws and perfect gasses. Internal energy, work and first principle. Thermodynamic processes. Second principle and entropy.
- Electric field, Gauss theorem. Conductors, capacitors and electrostatic energy, resistance and Ohm's law, simple circuits.
- Magnetic field, Lorentz's force and gyromagnetic motion, mass spectrometer. Biot-Savart's and Ampere's laws. Magnetic induction and Faraday's law.
- Longitudinal and transversal waves, sinusoidal waves, wavelength and frequency. Stationary waves and beatings, Doppler's effect, Intensity and attenuation, Decibel scale. Eco-Doppler instruments.
- Light as electromagnetic waves, constructive and destructive interference, diffraction, polarization. Geometrical optics. Reflection and refraction, optical fibers and optical instruments. Mirrors and lenses, microscope. The human eye.
- Atom, electron binding energy. Excitation and ionization. Ionising and non-ionising radiation. X-ray. The atomic nucleus and nuclear forces. Radioactive tracers, tomography and positron emission (PET).


- Biophysical phenomena
- Energy and its transformations. Spontaneous processes and equilibrium point. State functions: internal energy, enthalpy, entropy, free energy,. Coloric content of food, metabolism.
- Chemical potential. Matter transport in biological systems. Free diffusion and diffusion through semi-permeable membranes-
- Membranes,: gradients, diffusion, osmotic pressure, electric potentials, ionic currents. Excitable membranes: action potentials.
- Intra- and inter- molecular forces.
- Energy quantization, photons, particles and waves, energy levels, radiation absorption and emission, penetration properties of radiation into bio-systems.
- Interaction among bio-molecules. Surface plasmon resonance (SPR)
- Laser, theoretical principles and medical applications.
- Energy spectra, spectral regions and spectroscopy. Spectral transitions energy. Boltzmann's law. UV-visible spectroscopy, Lamberts-Beer' law. Fluorescence and phosphorescence. Infrared spectroscopy and its medical applications.
- Nuclear Magnetic resonance (NMR): theory and application in medicine. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Taught classes.
Additional notes about suggested reading: At: tutorials covering all topics presented in class.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Bellini, Gianpaolo e altri, 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
  • Scannicchio, Fisica Biomedica. Napoli: EdiSES, --. Cerca nel catalogo