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Biophysics of Fluids

This course begins with an introduction to random motions of molecules leading to a discussion of the physics of gas exchange in the processes of respiration. The response of the body to changes of external pressure are studied from a physical point of view. The transport of pollutants and their physical effects on the body are discussed. The course also examines various aspects of static pressure in the human body and the physics of blood circulation including laminar, turbulent and viscous flows. Other topics such as capillarity, surface tension, and the role of surfactants are discussed. PREREQ: PHYS 1006/7 or PHYS 1206/7 or PHYS 1211/12 or equivalent. (lec 3) cr 3.

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