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Introductory physics for biological scientists

Author: Christof M Aegerter
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Why do elephants have sturdier thigh bones than humans? Why can't ostriches fly? How do bacteria swim through fluids? With each chapter structured around relevant biological case studies and examples, this engaging, full-colour book introduces fundamental physical concepts essential in the study of biological phenomena. Optics is introduced within the context of butterfly wing colouration, electricity is explained  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christof M Aegerter
ISBN: 9781108423342 1108423345 9781108466509 1108466508
OCLC Number: 1032289653
Description: x, 451 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Preface --
1. Physics as a basis for describing biological systems --
2. Errors, units and scaling laws --
3. Motions and oscillations --
4. Resonances and waves --
5. Optics, light and colours --
6. Forces and Newton's laws of motion --
7. Continuum mechanics --
8. Heat, temperature and entropy --
9. Electrical charges and currents --
10. Magnetism --
Appendix A. Mathematical tools --
Appendix B. Solutions to quizzes --
References --
Index.
Responsibility: Christof M. Aegerter, University of Zurich.

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An introduction to the fundamental physical principles related to the study of biological phenomena. Chapters are structured around biological examples, and the topics covered include waves, optics  Read more...

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