Physics and statistics

A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
FIS/07 MED/01
Learning objectives
The aim of this course is:
-To provide the basic notions and the methods of biomedical physics;
-To provide the principles of mechanics and their applications to human locomotion;
-To provide the principles of fluid dynamics and thermodynamics and their applications to human physiology.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, the students:
- will be able to use, in a rigorous manner, the language and the units of Physics;
- will be able to describe quantitatively the mechanics of locomotion and some key physiological processes.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

More specific information on the delivery modes of training activities for academic year 2021/22 will be provided over the coming months, based on the evolution of the public health situation.
Prerequisites for admission
There are no specific prerequisites
Assessment methods and Criteria
Written exam (multiple choice and open questions)
Applied physics
Course syllabus
- Fundamental and derived physical quantities, scalar and vector quantities, physical laws and dimensional analysis.
- Point kinematics: position, velocity, acceleration. Tangential and centripetal acceleration. Uniform straight motion, uniformly accelerated motion.
- 2D kinematics: circular motion, motion of a projectile, range. Application: long jump.
- Principles of Newton dynamics. Normal force, static and dynamic friction, gravitational force.
- Conservation of momentum, impulse theorem. Applications: air-bag, boxing glove.
- Work-kinetic energy theorem, conservative and non-conservative forces, potential energy, conservation of mechanical energy. Centre of mass. Applications: high jump and Fosbury flop.
- Elastic forces, mass-spring, oscillating systems, simple and physical pendulum. Elastic potential energy. Application: simple model of human locomotion based on physical pendulum.
- Stress and strain (normal, shear, torsion, bending), Hooke's laws and elastic moduli. Mechanical properties of bone and tendons. Application: bone fracture under compression.
- Rigid body mechanics: torque, roto-translational equilibrium, levers. Applications: levers in the human body, equilibrium of joints.
- Ideal and non-ideal gases. Equation of state for a perfect gas. Dalton's law. Henry's law. Ideal fluid statics: Pascal's law, Stevin's law, Archimedes' principle. Application: diving.
- Fluid dynamics: continuity, Bernoulli's law. Viscosity, Poiseuille's law, hydrodynamic resistance. Turbulence, Reynolds' number. Application: measuring blood pressure with a sphygmomanometer.
- Electric charge, field and potential. Electric current and propagation of electric signals in the human body. Muscles and electro-stimulation.
Teaching methods
Lectures and seminars
Teaching Resources
F. Borsa e A. Lascialfari, Principi di Fisica. Per indirizzo biomedico e farmaceutico, Edises
D. Scannicchio e E. Giroletti, Elementi di Fisica Biomedica, Edises
Medical statistics
Course syllabus
Observational Studies.

Measures in Epidemiology.

Basic statistical methods.

Statistical inference and significance.

Measures of association and risk.

Variability of estimates and measure errors.

Error, bias and inference.  
Teaching methods
Lectures and seminars
Teaching Resources
I.A. Kapandji, Anatomia funzionale. Maloine-Monduzzi Editoriale
Applied physics
FIS/07 - APPLIED PHYSICS - University credits: 4
Lessons: 40 hours
Medical statistics
MED/01 - MEDICAL STATISTICS - University credits: 4
Lessons: 40 hours
Educational website(s)
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