For one-semester, introductory-level courses in Applied Physics. Especially well-suited for students preparing to study Occupational or Physical Therapy.
This unique introduction to physics for students who are particularly interested in the human body covers a limited number of distinct physics topics (related to mechanics and heat) in great depth and with many examples and problems that relate directly to specific functions and characteristics of the human body.
Demonstrates the roles that physics and mathematical analysis play in understanding the body. Ex.___
Many students have qualitative knowledge of aspects of the human body. E.g., “You should bend your knees when you lift.” The application of quantitative analysis to these and many other human body activities shows to a much greater degree just how dangerous it is to bend over to pick something up, etc. Through examples and problems, the student learns not only about the body but the utility of quantitative analysis. Ex.___
Students often become overwhelmed with what they perceive as a vast collection of formulas and techniques. The use of step-by-step procedures and the repetitive use of basic formulas works to reduce this cause of anxiety. Ex.___
Spans a range from straight-forward application of basic physics principles to those requiring significant analysis. Ex.___
Enables students to gain useful information from examples and problems, not just “do physics.” Ex.___
Provides a link to material that students may have already studied and reduces the need to refer to other texts for drawings, data, etc. Ex.___
Provides examples and problems that are as realistic as possible. Ex.___
Allows students who are much more familiar with the USA system to focus on the concepts developed, yet gives them the opportunity to learn the new system at the same time. Ex.___
Gives students access to real data to solve problems. Ex.___
Motion. Force. Vectors. Newton's Second Law. Centripetal Force. Momentum and Impulse.
1. Linear Motion and Force.
The first basic physics book written specifically for students pursuing careers in physical and occupational therapy, Mechanics, Heat and the Human Body emphasizes physics principles as they relate to the human body. Using a wealth of problems taken from human and animal anatomy and physiology, this accessible book provides readers with an understanding of the physics that influence human movement.