To recognize the physical basic quantities, units and scales.

To discuss the application of physics issues on the understanding of biological phenomena.

To understand the concepts of the subjects addressed.

To tell correctly the main physics laws.

To apply correctly the relevant equations within the subjects addressed.

To solve typical problems on the subjects addressed.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Carla Maria Quintão Pereira


Weekly - 5

Total - 75

Teaching language





Physics in Biology and Medicine(2001) Paul Davidovits, 2nd edition, Harcourt, Academic Press.

Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics(1996) Raymond A. Serway, 4th edition, Sauders College Publishing.

General Physics with Bioscience Essays(1985) Jerry B. Marione, William F. Hornyak, 2nd edição, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Physics(1988) Kane, Sternheim, 3rd edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Contemporary College Physics(1992) Edwin R. Jones, Richard L. Childers, 2nd edition, Addison-Wesley Publishing Company

Fundamentals of Physics(1993) David Halliday, Robert Resnick, Jearl Walker, 4th edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Physics Principles with Applications(1991) Douglas C. Giancoli, 3rd edition, Prentice_Hall International, Inc.

Teaching method

The theoretical content of the course will be in the form of lectures given by the lecturer, using the support materials that are deemed necessary (black board, slides, applets, demonstrations).

The supporting exercise weekly hours will cover the topics addressed in the theoretical part of the course and will develop lab activities.

In addition to the aforementioned activities, students should prepare a small project, enabling them to understand in greater detail a particular subject covered by the course.

Evaluation method

2 tests (0-20, rounded to the second decimal, minimum 9,5).

1 project (0-4, rounded to half a unit, minimum 2).

Allowence for the final exam: succeed on the project (valid for the current year)

Final grade:


n1 grade of the first test, n2 grade of the second test, n3 grade of the project.

Subject matter

1. Introduction

2. Elements of  mechanics

2.1 Dynamics: revisions of linear and angular movement laws, work and energy.

2.2   Static forces: conditions of equilibrium.

2.3   Mechanical properties of the bodies: strength and elasticity.

3. Elements of fluids mechanics

3.1   Hydrostatical applications to the human body.

3.2   Surface tension and capillarity.

3.3   Hydrodynamic applications to the human body.

4. Oscillatory movement and e wave propagation

4.1   Simple harmonic movement.

4.2   Wave properties.

5. Senses of audition and vision

5.1 Function of the human ear

5.2 Elements of geometrical optics

5.3 Function of the human eye

6. Elements of radioactivity

6.1   Radioisotopes production.

6.2   Radioactive decay.

6.3   Inverse square law.

7. Elements of Electromagnetism

7.1. Coulomb''s law

7.2 Concept of electromagnetic field


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