PHY 137 - Physics for the Medical School


Fotios Mpekris


Elements of Mechanics (Newton’s laws; Forces and Translational Equilibrium; Torques and Rotational Equilibrium; Work and Energy; Collisions; Elements of Elasticity Theory; Statics, Kinematics, and Mechanical Properties of the Human Body). Fluids (Pressure and Density; Principles of Archimedes and Pascal; Continuity equation; Bernoulli Equation; Viscosity and Poiseuille Flow; Pressure and flow of Blood in the Human Body). Harmonic Motion and Waves (Properties of Sound; Doppler Effect; Ultrasounds; the Human Ear and Hearing). Elements of Electricity (Insulators and Conductors; Coulomb Law; Electric Field; Electric Potential; Capacity; Dielectrics; Electric Current and Ohm’s Law; Nerve Conduction; ECG); Geometrical Optics (Index of refraction; Mirrors; Diffraction; Snell’s law; The Lens Equation; the Camera; the Magnifying Glass; the Microscope; the Human Eye; Vision-correcting Lenses).Elements of Nuclear Physics (Nuclear Forces; Radioactivity; α, β, γ Decay; Interaction of Radiation with Matter; Dosimetry). Medical Applications of Molecular Biophysics (Relation between Structure and Dynamics of Macromolecules; Applications in Drug Design). 


The evaluation is done through two exams (December and May of following year). Each exam contains multiple choice questions and short questions. Questions and problems are related to one of the topics of medical interest that were studied in the course.

Course Description


• Douglas Giancoli. Physics, Principles with applications 7th Ed, Prentice Hall. Τranslated in Greek (Φυσική για επιστήμονες και μηχανικούς, Εκδ. Τζιόλα).
• Irving Herman. Physics of the Human Body. Eds Springer-Verlag. Τranslated in Greek (Φυσική Ιατρική του ανθρώπινου σώματος, Εκδ. Πασχαλίδης).
• Russell K. Hobbie and Bradely J. Roth. IntermedMEDe Physics for Medicine and Biology. Eds. Springer-Verlag.
• John Cameron. Physics of the Body., Eds. Medical Physics. Translated in Greek (Φυσική του σώματος, Εκδ. Παρισιάνου).
• Richard McCall. Physics of the Human Body. Johns Hopkins U. Press.