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Biophysics For Dummies

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The fun, easy way to get up to speed on biophysics concepts, principles, and practices

One of the most diverse of modern scientific disciplines, biophysics applies methods and technologies from physics to the study of biological systems and phenomena, from the human nervous system to soil erosion to global warming. What are the best options for satisfying the world's growing energy demands? How can we feed the world's growing population? How can we contain, or reverse, global warming? How can we vouchsafe a plentiful supply of potable water for future generations? These are among the critical questions to which biophysicists work to provide answers.

  • Biophysics courses are increasingly taken by students of biology, physics, chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, statistics, bioengineering, neuroscience, computer science, pharmacology, agriculture,and many more

  • Provides a friendly, unintimidating overview of the material covered in a typical college-level biophysics course

  • A one-stop reference, course supplement and exam preparation tool for university students currently enrolled in an introductory biophysics courses

  • An indispensable resource for those studying the natural sciences, biological sciences, and physics, as well as math, statistics,computer science, pharmacology and many other disciplines

  • The current job market for people well versed in biophysics is very strong, and biophysics is currently listed as one of the fast-growing occupations in the North America

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Introduction
  5. Part I: Getting Started with Biophysics
    1. Chapter 1: Welcoming You to the World of Biophysics
    2. Chapter 2: Interrogating Biophysics: The Five Ws and One H
    3. Chapter 3: Speaking Physics: The Basics for All Areas of Biophysics
  6. Part II: Calling the Mechanics to Fix Your Bio - Biomechanics
    1. Chapter 4: Bullying Biomechanics with the Laws of Physics
    2. Chapter 5: Sitting with Couch Potatoes –– Static Equilibrium
    3. Chapter 6: Building the Mechanics of the Human Body and Animals
    4. Chapter 7: Making The World Go Round with Physics –– Dynamics
    5. Chapter 8: Looking at Where Moving Objects Go –– Kinematics
  7. Part III: Making Your Blood Boil - The Physics of Fluids
    1. Chapter 9: Understanding the Mechanics of Fluids and Cohesive Forces
    2. Chapter 10: Going with the Fluid Flow - Fluid Dynamics
    3. Chapter 11: Breaking through to the Other Side - Transport, Membranes, and Porous Material
  8. Part IV: Playing the Music Too Loud - Sound and Waves
    1. Chapter 12: Examining the Physics of Waves and Sound
    2. Chapter 13: Grasping How Animals and Instruments Produce Sound Waves
    3. Chapter 14: Detecting Sound Waves with the Ear
    4. Chapter 15: Listening to Sound - Doppler Effect, Echolocation, and Imaging
  9. Part V: Interacting Subatomic Particles' Influence on Biological Organisms
    1. Chapter 16: Charging Matter: The Laws of Physics for Electricity, Magnetism, and Electromagnetism
    2. Chapter 17: Tapping into the Physics of Radiation
    3. Chapter 18: Fighting the Big C –– But Not All Radiation Is Bad
    4. Chapter 19: Seeing Good Biophysics in the Medical Field
  10. Part VI: The Part of Tens
    1. Chapter 20: Ten (or So) Tips to Help You Master Your Biophysics Course
    2. Chapter 21: Ten Careers for People Studying Biophysics
  11. About the Author
  12. Cheat Sheet
  13. Connect with Dummies