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Physics for the Life Sciences, 3rd Edition

By Martin Zinke-Allmang, Reza Nejat, Eduardo Galiano-Riveros, Johann Bayer, Michael Xiaoke Chen
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ISBN-10: 0176558691
ISBN-13: 9780176558697
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 3rd

Physics for the Life Sciences, Third Edition, brings the beauty of physics to life. Physics represents an enormous body of knowledge and methodology, and almost all of it has a huge impact on understanding the life sciences. Physics for the Life Sciences provides a comprehensive synopsis of the vast subject matter and delivers it in a way that is relevant to students’ interests and career aspirations and that encourages retaining acquired knowledge. Taking an algebra-based approach to the selective use of calculus, the third edition provides a concise approach to basic physics concepts using an engaging layout, a consistent and student-tested art program, extensive use of conceptual examples, analytical problems, and instructive and engaging case studies. Breathe life into your Introductory Physics course with Physics for the Life Sciences.


  • *NEW* The underlying philosophy of the text has been strengthened by adding a new objective. The textbook guides the Life Sciences student from the widespread applications of physics in his or her field of interest toward an appreciation of the rapidly developing fields of imaging and treatment of malignant disease in the modern clinical setting.
  • *NEW* Revisions to the mechanics content allows for instructors to choose a more extensive focus on this area of physics when trying to follow a more traditional canon of topics.
  • *NEW* In order to engage students in the beauty of physics, the text has been thoroughly redesigned, with over 800 full-colour illustrations, 150 photographs, and more than 500 problems. These allow students to visualize the material and practice/apply what they have learned.
  • *NEW* Analytical Problems encourage students to take their time to truly understand each question as the work through to find the answers.
  • Conceptual Questions are intensively used in addition to quantitative problems to provide students with a conceptual understanding and to develop analytical skills.
  • An end-of-text Math Review ensures that students are provided with a refresher on relevant math concepts.
  • Concept Questions appear throughout the chapters to test students' knowledge of emerging topics.
  • Case Studies are included to provide applied examples and to expand upon concepts discussed throughout the text. They often provide context to mathematical relationships to further students' understanding.
  • At the conclusion of each chapter is a Summary of important topics, which assists students in maintaining pertinent information.
  • Multiple-Choice Questions are included to allow students to practice and prepare for upcoming tests with similar material.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • About the Authors
  • Part One: The Mechanics of Biological Systems
  • Chapter 1: Physics and the Life sciences
  • Chapter 2: Kinematics
  • Chapter 3: Forces
  • Chapter 4: Newton?s Laws
  • Chapter 5: Centre of Mass and Linear Momentum
  • Chapter 6: Torque and Equilibrium
  • Part Two: Energy, Thermodynamics, and Transport Phenomena
  • Chapter 7: Energy and Its Conservation
  • Chapter 8: Gases
  • Chapter 9: Thermal Physics
  • Chapter 10: Transport of Energy and Matter
  • Chapter 11: Static Fluids
  • Chapter 12: Fluid Flow
  • Part Three: Elasticity and Vibrations, Waves, and Sound
  • Chapter 13: Elasticity and Vibrations
  • Chapter 14: Waves
  • Chapter 15: Sound
  • Part Four: Electric Phenomena
  • Chapter 16: Electric Force and Field
  • Chapter 17: Electric Energy and Potential
  • Chapter 18: The Flow of Charges
  • Part Five: Atomic, Electromagnetic, and Optical Phenomena
  • Chapter 19: The Atom
  • Chapter 20: Magnetism and Electromagnetic Waves
  • Chapter 21: Geometric Optics
  • Chapter 22: The Atomic Nucleus
  • Part Six: Applied Clinical Physics
  • Chapter 23: Diagnostic Ultrasound Imaging
  • Chapter 24: Diagnostic X-ray Imaging
  • Chapter 25: Diagnostic Nuclear Medicine Imaging
  • Chapter 26: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Chapter 27: Radiation Therapy
  • Answers Appendix
  • Index
  • Math Review
  • Units Review

Author Information

Martin Zinke-Allmang

Martin Zinke–Allmang studied Physics and Chemistry at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. After completing his Ph.D. thesis at the Max–Planck–Institute for Nuclear Physics, he moved to New Jersey for a Post–doctoral fellowship at AT&T Bell Laboratories and later settled at the University of Western Ontario in Canada, where he currently teaches first year Physics. He has published more than 80 scientific articles, including two major review articles in Surface Science Reports and Thin Solid Films. He has supervised more than 25 M.Sc., Ph.D. students and post–doctoral fellows, most recently in the Graduate program in Medical Biophysics.

Reza Nejat

Reza Nejat was born in Iran, studied Physics at Tehran University (B.Sc., 1974). He then moved to the U.S to pursue graduate studies in the field of nuclear engineering, where he received his M.Sc. (1976) and his PhD (1980) from the University of Missouri-Rolla. Upon returning to Iran, he joined the department of Physics at Guilan University where he was a tenured faculty for 15 years. In 1996, he moved to Canada and continued his teaching career in the department of Physics and Astronomy at McMaster University in Ontario, where he has been teaching first year-Physics, Introduction to Modern physics, classical mechanics and nuclear physics. His current research interest is in developing the interactive method of learning and teaching Physics (algebra-based) to life sciences students.

Eduardo Galiano-Riveros

Eduardo Galiano-Riveros Born and raised in Asuncion, Paraguay, South America, where he attended elementary, middle, and high school. He went on to pursue university studies in the U.S., where he obtained a B.S. (1983) and M.S. (1985) degrees in physics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. At around that time, he decided to pursue a career in medical physics and obtained an M.S. degree (1987) in medical physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, under the supervison of the late Prof. Herbert Attix. He returned to Paraguay where he worked as a clinical medical physicist at the National Cancer Hospital (1988 - 1992), when he accepted a fellowship at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX to pursue Ph.D. studies, which he completed in 1995. He returned to Paraguay to resume his clincal career at the National Cancer Hospital, and with a group of radiation oncologists set up a private radiotherapy clinic in Asuncion. He spent an academic year (1998 - 1999) at the University of Osaka, Japan, as a visiting scientist. In 2003, he accepted an offer to join the faculty at the Physics Department at Laurentian University, in Sudbury, Ontario, where he is presently a tenured professor. While at Laurentian University, he has publsihed some 25 peer-reviewed scientific papers, and has supervised the M.Sc. theses of five students. His present research interests focus on nuclear imaging, as well as radiotherapy physics. Outside of work, he enjoys flying both real and model airplanes, as well as mitigating the effects of aging by lifting weights and running.

Johann Bayer

Johann Bayer was born in Bogotá, Colombia, where he completed undergraduate studies in mathematics (1996) and physics (1998) before moving to Toronto, Canada, where he went on to pursue graduate studies. He worked with professor Lev Kofman from the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA) at the University of Toronto and obtained his M.Sc. in the field of theoretical cosmology. Subsequently, and still at the University of Toronto, he continued graduate studies with Prof. Charles Dyer, obtaining his Ph.D. in 2008 for work on one of the most interesting astrophysical predictions of the theory of general relativity: gravitational lensing. Throughout his studies, and as early as his senior undergraduate year, Dr. Bayer had the opportunity to teach and assist in teaching courses in Mathematics, Physics, and Astrophysics, thus sparking and developing his interest in the theory and application of evidence-based pedagogical principles to university courses in general and the physics classroom in particular. He joined the University of Toronto Scarborough as a permanent faculty member in 2009, where he currently teaches courses in Physics and Astrophysics in his role as Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, in the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences.

Michael Xiaoke Chen

Michael Xiaoke Chen was born and grew up in China. He received his B.Sc. in Physics at Sun Yat-sen University (also known as Zhongshan University) in Guangzhou in 1982. He then worked as a physics instructor and undergraduate advisor at Sun Yat-sen University for four years before pursuing his graduate studies at the City University of New York. After completing his Ph.D. in experimental solid state physics in 1991, he moved to Vancouver, Canada. Since then, he has taught a variety of courses in physics and mathematics. He has also done research work in solid state physics, Raman spectroscopy, medical imaging, and physics education. He has published more than 40 scientific papers. Currently, he is a senior lecturer in the Physics Department at Simon Fraser University.