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Help with physics

IB Physiology does not include any neurobiology, and so in general there is less physics in this course than in some of the IA Physiology of Organisms lecture blocks. Physics is certainly NOT required for this course, and most of the course requires very little or no physics.

Although not required from a neuro perspective, concepts of pressure, flow and resistance are found in the lectures on cardiovascular and respiratory physiology. The website An Introduction to Electrical Circuits, which was really designed for help with IA neuro lectures, contains some electrical analogies to these concepts which

If there is any aspect of physics which you would like explained from first principles in a similar way, please let Dr. Matt Mason know and he will consider building this into another web-based resource.

The following books, which might be found in your College libraries, might also be helpful:

  • Benadek, G.B. & Villars, F.M.H. (2000) Physics with Illustrative Examples from Medicine and Biology, 2nd ed. Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
  • Duncan, G. (1999) Physics in the Life Sciences, 3rd ed. Disce Publications.
  • Hobbie, R.K. (2006) Intermediate Physics for Medicine and Biology, 4th ed. Springer-Verlag New York Inc.