Syllabus Spring 2018 Physics 31500

Physics 315 Medical Physics

Prof. Ronald Koder
(212) 650-5583
1.308 CDI
85 St. Nicholas Terrace

Tues and Thurs., 11-12:15 pm , 418N Marshak
Office hours Tues and Thurs 4-5 pm or by appt.
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Introduction to the structure, properties, and function the human body. In depth study of the physical laws which underlay human structure and function. Introduction to spectroscopicmethods for physical examination including light absorption or scattering, ultrasound, magnetic resonance and positron emission tomography. Prereq.: 1 yr. of Math, 1 yr. of Physics 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

Required Text: Physics of the Human Body, 2nd edition. Irving P. Herman
(a pdf of this book is available for free through the CCNY library site)
This will be supplemented with selected articles from the primary and secondary literature

Course Objectives:
1) To understand the physical laws which underlie the structure and function of the human body
2) To use these laws to understand and predict the effects of deleterious changes in body structure and function
3) Become familiar with the techniques with which human structures are interrogated

Grading: 50% Homework, class participation, quizzes
25% Midterm
25% Final
Homework will be distributed every Thursday – Due at the start of class Tues. No late homework will be accepted.

Week of Topic
1/30 Course intro, Scaling in biology
Section I: Biomechanics
2/6 Biostatics
2/13 Biomaterial properties of the body (No class Tuesday, Monday schedule)
2/20 Biomaterial properties of the body
2/27 Biomaterial properties of the body
3/6 Fluids and circulation
3/13 Fluids and circulation
3/20 Heart function, capillary gas exchange (3/22 cumulative midterm)
3/27 Lungs and Breathing
Spring Break 3/30-4/8
4/10 Lungs and Breathing
Section II: Physics of the Senses
4/17 Sound and hearing
4/24 Optics and Vision
5/1 Nerve Function
Section III: Spectroscopic methods
5/8 X-ray, MRI,
5/16 Photoacoustics (sonograms) (Class Tuesday only)
TBD FINAL EXAM - Cumulative