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Introduction to Physics — Scientific Notation, Proportionality and Unit Analysis

Physics is an important subject that helps us understand the processes that take place in biological systems. Physics helps medical personnel in three major ways. First, it is the foundation for many technological tools used in the medical sciences. Second, it helps explain the physical aspects of systems in the body. Finally, an understanding Understanding Decision-making Capacity and Legal Competence of physics can be applied in many other fields, providing the framework for solving problems.

Last updated: Mar 8, 2022

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Introduction to Physics

Motion

Motion is defined as the act of changing location or position. Three types of motion exist: translationaloscillatory, and rotational. Translational motion occurs when a change in location takes place. Oscillatory motion takes place without changing location; an example of such motion is the vibration Vibration A continuing periodic change in displacement with respect to a fixed reference. Neurological Examination of strings on a musical instrument. Rotational motion occurs when objects spin.

Force

Force occurs when two objects interact with each other. Each object exerts a force on the other: a push or a pull. When the interaction between the two objects stops, the force also disappears. This force can be separated into two categories: forces from contact and forces from the action at a distance. The difference between the two classifications is whether the two objects are in direct contact with each other or not. The unit of force is the newton (N).

Equilibrium Equilibrium Occurs when tumor cells survive the initial elimination attempt These cells are not able to progress, being maintained in a state of dormancy by the adaptive immune system. In this phase, tumor immunogenicity is edited, where T cells keep selectively attacking highly immunogenic tumor cells.This attack leaves other cells with less immunogenicity to potentially develop resistance to the immune response. Cancer Immunotherapy

The definition of equilibrium Equilibrium Occurs when tumor cells survive the initial elimination attempt These cells are not able to progress, being maintained in a state of dormancy by the adaptive immune system. In this phase, tumor immunogenicity is edited, where T cells keep selectively attacking highly immunogenic tumor cells.This attack leaves other cells with less immunogenicity to potentially develop resistance to the immune response. Cancer Immunotherapy is defined in the word itself. It deals with equal parts, implying a balance. If an object has forces acting on it, the object may undergo motion. However, if the object is in equilibrium Equilibrium Occurs when tumor cells survive the initial elimination attempt These cells are not able to progress, being maintained in a state of dormancy by the adaptive immune system. In this phase, tumor immunogenicity is edited, where T cells keep selectively attacking highly immunogenic tumor cells.This attack leaves other cells with less immunogenicity to potentially develop resistance to the immune response. Cancer Immunotherapy, then the object will not move because all the forces balance each other.

One way to look at the motion of an object is to separate the forces acting on the object into horizontal and vertical forces. In equilibrium Equilibrium Occurs when tumor cells survive the initial elimination attempt These cells are not able to progress, being maintained in a state of dormancy by the adaptive immune system. In this phase, tumor immunogenicity is edited, where T cells keep selectively attacking highly immunogenic tumor cells.This attack leaves other cells with less immunogenicity to potentially develop resistance to the immune response. Cancer Immunotherapy, the horizontal forces will balance themselves and the vertical forces will balance themselves; thus, no motion of the object will occur in either the horizontal or vertical axes.

Momentum

Momentum can be understood by looking at the  mass Mass Three-dimensional lesion that occupies a space within the breast Imaging of the Breast and velocity of an object. Mass Mass Three-dimensional lesion that occupies a space within the breast Imaging of the Breast is a property of an object that measures the amount of matter in an object. Velocity is the distance an object travels over a given time. It is a vector quantity, so directionality is also expressed. Momentum, also a vector quantity, is the product Product A molecule created by the enzymatic reaction. Basics of Enzymes of mass Mass Three-dimensional lesion that occupies a space within the breast Imaging of the Breast and velocity. In practicality, momentum refers to the quantity of motion possessed by an object. The unit of momentum is kilogram-meter per second (kg-m/s).

Energy

Energy is the property that is transferred to an object to allow it to generate work. The energy in the universe is fixed, which means that it can be transferred but cannot be created or destroyed. Energy exists in many forms: kinetic (moving energy), potential (storing energy),  elastic Elastic Connective Tissue: Histology (stretching energy), chemical (reaction energy), radiant (light energy), and thermal (temperature energy). The energy stays constant overall as it is transferred from one form to another.

Work

Work is the result of force being applied to an object to move the object. It can be measured by multiplying the force applied by the distance traveled. Work is closely related to energy. The work-energy principle states that an increase in kinetic energy of an object is due to an equal amount of work performed on the object. The unit of work is the joule (J), which is equal to a newton-meter (N-m).

Fluids

Fluids are one of the phases of matter that deform due to the application of pressure or stress. This characteristic allows fluids to travel through different channels Channels The Cell: Cell Membrane in the body to carry substances such as oxygen, cells, waste, antibodies Antibodies Immunoglobulins (Igs), also known as antibodies, are glycoprotein molecules produced by plasma cells that act in immune responses by recognizing and binding particular antigens. The various Ig classes are IgG (the most abundant), IgM, IgE, IgD, and IgA, which differ in their biologic features, structure, target specificity, and distribution. Immunoglobulins: Types and Functions, and medicines. Fluids flow Flow Blood flows through the heart, arteries, capillaries, and veins in a closed, continuous circuit. Flow is the movement of volume per unit of time. Flow is affected by the pressure gradient and the resistance fluid encounters between 2 points. Vascular resistance is the opposition to flow, which is caused primarily by blood friction against vessel walls. Vascular Resistance, Flow, and Mean Arterial Pressure according to  Bernoulli’s principle Bernoulli’S Principle Wheezing, which states that fluid increases its speed as pressure decreases or the fluid’s potential energy decreases.

Gases

Gas is a phase of matter in which the particles are vastly separated, unlike solids and liquids, in which particles are closer together. Gases are difficult to observe, so they are classified according to temperature, number of particles, pressure, and volume.

Gases have lower density and viscosity than other states of matter. Two laws explain their properties. Boyle’s law states that at a constant temperature, the pressure of the gas varies inversely with its volume. Charles’s law states that at constant pressure, the volume of the gas is directly proportional to its temperature. These laws explain the movement of gases in different body compartments.

Periodic motion

Periodic motion is the motion that occurs in equal intervals of time. It can be seen in a rocking chair, a swing in motion, a planet orbiting the sun, a vibrating tuning fork, and a water wave. The period is the interval of time needed for one complete cycle Cycle The type of signal that ends the inspiratory phase delivered by the ventilator Invasive Mechanical Ventilation. It can be explained by the term frequency, which refers to the number of periods per time unit.

Electricity

Electricity is associated with the existence of an electrical charge, which depends on the number of electrons, the negative particles in an atom. When the electrical charges are not moving, it is called static electricity. If the electrons are moving, it is called dynamic electricity.

In the human body, different ions (positively or negatively charged substances) can move based on electrical differences that exist across membranes. This allows for the transportation of substances and the conduction of impulses needed for nerve and muscle transmission.

Magnetism

Magnetism is the physical action that results from the force caused by magnets (objects that generate fields that attract or repel other objects). The particles that undergo this effect are electrically charged particles. The force that is created depends on the charge magnitude, the particle velocity, and the magnetic field strength. MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) generates pictures of the anatomy and physiology of the body using magnetic fields.

Circuits

A circuit is a closed loop through which charges can continuously move. For instance, when you flip a light switch, the light turns on. The switch closes the circuit, allowing electrons to move and be transformed into light energy. When the circuit is closed, the electron motion is referred to as the current of the circuit. The human body has many circuits in which electrical activity generates the physiologic activity associated with nerve transmission and muscle contraction.

Waves

A wave A wave Cardiac Cycle is a disturbance that travels through a medium from one place to another. A medium is a substance that carries the wave. In a pond that is undisturbed, the water is quiet in its resting position, with a smooth surface. When a rock is dropped, a disturbance is generated. The change that occurs from the rock causes a fluctuation in the water that is transmitted as a wave A wave Cardiac Cycle that either travels to the shore or disperses over time. In the body, fluid travels in channels Channels The Cell: Cell Membrane with a wave A wave Cardiac Cycle effect.

Light

Light is electromagnetic radiation Radiation Emission or propagation of acoustic waves (sound), electromagnetic energy waves (such as light; radio waves; gamma rays; or x-rays), or a stream of subatomic particles (such as electrons; neutrons; protons; or alpha particles). Osteosarcoma that can be detected by the human eye. Electromagnetic radiation Radiation Emission or propagation of acoustic waves (sound), electromagnetic energy waves (such as light; radio waves; gamma rays; or x-rays), or a stream of subatomic particles (such as electrons; neutrons; protons; or alpha particles). Osteosarcoma is the flow Flow Blood flows through the heart, arteries, capillaries, and veins in a closed, continuous circuit. Flow is the movement of volume per unit of time. Flow is affected by the pressure gradient and the resistance fluid encounters between 2 points. Vascular resistance is the opposition to flow, which is caused primarily by blood friction against vessel walls. Vascular Resistance, Flow, and Mean Arterial Pressure of energy through space or material in the form of electric and magnetic fields. The elementary particle of light is a photon. Visible light reaches the visual layer of the eye, where it is converted to chemical energy and transmitted to the brain Brain The part of central nervous system that is contained within the skull (cranium). Arising from the neural tube, the embryonic brain is comprised of three major parts including prosencephalon (the forebrain); mesencephalon (the midbrain); and rhombencephalon (the hindbrain). The developed brain consists of cerebrum; cerebellum; and other structures in the brain stem. Nervous System: Anatomy, Structure, and Classification via nerve impulses. The brain Brain The part of central nervous system that is contained within the skull (cranium). Arising from the neural tube, the embryonic brain is comprised of three major parts including prosencephalon (the forebrain); mesencephalon (the midbrain); and rhombencephalon (the hindbrain). The developed brain consists of cerebrum; cerebellum; and other structures in the brain stem. Nervous System: Anatomy, Structure, and Classification re-forms the image, allowing us to see.

Sound

Sound is pressure or mechanical wave that is formed by the back-and-forth vibration Vibration A continuing periodic change in displacement with respect to a fixed reference. Neurological Examination of particles. The wave leaves the source in all directions and can be detected by sensors. In humans, the sound waves are captured by the ear and transmitted into the ear canal, creating the vibratory motion of the middle ear Middle ear The space and structures directly internal to the tympanic membrane and external to the inner ear (labyrinth). Its major components include the auditory ossicles and the eustachian tube that connects the cavity of middle ear (tympanic cavity) to the upper part of the throat. Acute Otitis Media bones. The waves that are generated by vibration Vibration A continuing periodic change in displacement with respect to a fixed reference. Neurological Examination are longitudinal waves.

Atoms

An atom is the smallest particle into which an element can be divided without losing its chemical identity. An atom is made up of electronsprotons, and neutrons. The central  nucleus Nucleus Within a eukaryotic cell, a membrane-limited body which contains chromosomes and one or more nucleoli (cell nucleolus). The nuclear membrane consists of a double unit-type membrane which is perforated by a number of pores; the outermost membrane is continuous with the endoplasmic reticulum. A cell may contain more than one nucleus. The Cell: Organelles is made up of the neutrally charged neutrons and the positively charged protons. The negatively charged electrons exist as a cloud around the nucleus Nucleus Within a eukaryotic cell, a membrane-limited body which contains chromosomes and one or more nucleoli (cell nucleolus). The nuclear membrane consists of a double unit-type membrane which is perforated by a number of pores; the outermost membrane is continuous with the endoplasmic reticulum. A cell may contain more than one nucleus. The Cell: Organelles. The electron configuration and number determine the ability of each element to bond, creating chemical reactions.

Electronic structure

The electron structure, or configuration, is the arrangement of electrons in energy levels around the central nucleus Nucleus Within a eukaryotic cell, a membrane-limited body which contains chromosomes and one or more nucleoli (cell nucleolus). The nuclear membrane consists of a double unit-type membrane which is perforated by a number of pores; the outermost membrane is continuous with the endoplasmic reticulum. A cell may contain more than one nucleus. The Cell: Organelles in an atom. The levels are different orbitals in which the electrons exist. The electrons fill the orbitals closer to the nucleus Nucleus Within a eukaryotic cell, a membrane-limited body which contains chromosomes and one or more nucleoli (cell nucleolus). The nuclear membrane consists of a double unit-type membrane which is perforated by a number of pores; the outermost membrane is continuous with the endoplasmic reticulum. A cell may contain more than one nucleus. The Cell: Organelles and, depending on the element, extend the orbitals outward. The ability of elements to form bonds is based on the status of the outer electron shell.

Thermodynamics

The study of thermodynamics involves  heat Heat Inflammation and temperature and their association with energy and work. The laws of thermodynamics define these relationships.

  • The first law states that the internal energy of an isolated system is constant. An isolated system does not exchange heat Heat Inflammation, work, or matter with the surroundings.
  • The second law states that  heat Heat Inflammation cannot spontaneously flow Flow Blood flows through the heart, arteries, capillaries, and veins in a closed, continuous circuit. Flow is the movement of volume per unit of time. Flow is affected by the pressure gradient and the resistance fluid encounters between 2 points. Vascular resistance is the opposition to flow, which is caused primarily by blood friction against vessel walls. Vascular Resistance, Flow, and Mean Arterial Pressure from a colder location to a hotter location.
  • The third law states that all processes cease as a system approaches absolute zero.

Thermochemistry

Thermochemistry deals with energy and heat Heat Inflammation and their association with chemical interactions and physical transformations. Reactions can either absorb or release Release Release of a virus from the host cell following virus assembly and maturation. Egress can occur by host cell lysis, exocytosis, or budding through the plasma membrane. Virology energy. It also explains what occurs during phase changes, such as melting and boiling. The human body performs chemical reactions, which are classified as endothermic and exothermic. Endothermic reactions absorb heat Heat Inflammation, whereas exothermic reactions  release Release Release of a virus from the host cell following virus assembly and maturation. Egress can occur by host cell lysis, exocytosis, or budding through the plasma membrane. Virology heat Heat Inflammation.

Tools and Skills for Quantitative Thinking

Many tools and skills are used to transform the concepts of physics into numerical data. These tools give us the ability to make proper comparative calculations: to make sure that we are not comparing apples to oranges, but apples to apples. In addition, the tools help us perform calculations more quickly with mathematical techniques. Three methods that allow for this transformation Transformation Change brought about to an organism’s genetic composition by unidirectional transfer (transfection; transduction, genetic; conjugation, genetic, etc.) and incorporation of foreign DNA into prokaryotic or eukaryotic cells by recombination of part or all of that DNA into the cell’s genome. Bacteriology are scientific notation, unit analysis, and proportionality.

Tools and skills for quantitative thinking

Tools and Skills for Quantitative Thinking

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Scientific notation

Scientific notation is used to handle either very large numbers or very small numbers. It makes calculations much easier by using exponents. In any particular number, there are two parts: the actual number itself and the number of places the number is shifted to the right or left of the decimal point.

Scientific notation examples

The first example is a large number: 1,200,000,000. The digit term in this number would be 1.2, and then we look at how many places the number is shifted from the decimal point. To get from 1.2 to 1,200,000,000, the decimal point is shifted 9 places to the right. This indicates the need for an exponential term: 109. The number 9 (the exponent of 10) is the number of places the decimal point needs to be shifted. The positive exponent shows that the decimal point is shifted that number of places to the right. Therefore, 1,200,000,000 can be written as 1.2 × 109.

A second example is a small number: 0.00000012. The digit term in this number would also be 1.2, and then we need to look at how many places the number is shifted from the decimal point. To get from 1.2 to 0.00000012, the decimal point is shifted 7 places to the left. This indicates the need for an exponential term: 107. The number 7 (the exponent of 10) is the number of places the decimal point needs to be shifted. The negative exponent shows that the decimal point is shifted to the left, so 0.00000012 can be written as 1.2 ×107.

Prefix Amount Symbol
Smaller than 1.0
Pico 10-12 p
Nano 10-9 n
Micro 10-6 μ
Milli 10-3 m
Centi 10-2 c
Deci 10-1 d
Greater than 1.0
Kilo 103 k
Mega 106 M
Giga 109 G
Tera 1012 T

Unit analysis

Unit analysis is the analysis of the relationship Relationship A connection, association, or involvement between 2 or more parties. Clinician–Patient Relationship between different physical properties by identifying their fundamental dimensions and units of measure. These properties are expressed as calculations, and comparisons are performed.

For example, to determine the distance an object moves from rest if it is moving at a constant acceleration, the following relationship Relationship A connection, association, or involvement between 2 or more parties. Clinician–Patient Relationship is used:

x = ½at2,

where x = distance, a = acceleration, and t = time. When calculating the distance, ½ is multiplied by acceleration and time squared.

If the answer has been calculated correctly, the units will also match. Acceleration is given in (meters/second)/second, time is given in seconds, and distance is given in meters. Therefore,

meters = (meters/second2)/(second2).

The second2 terms can be canceled out, and the equation is reduced to

meters = meters.

If the equation had been written incorrectly, the units would not have matched. This would indicate that the calculation was incorrect because the wrong relationship Relationship A connection, association, or involvement between 2 or more parties. Clinician–Patient Relationship was used.

Proportionality

Proportionality is the relationship Relationship A connection, association, or involvement between 2 or more parties. Clinician–Patient Relationship between two quantities that decrease or increase at the same rate. Proportionality can exist in many different relationships. In a direct relationship Relationship A connection, association, or involvement between 2 or more parties. Clinician–Patient Relationship, a change in one factor causes the measured factor to change in the same proportion. In an inverse relationship Relationship A connection, association, or involvement between 2 or more parties. Clinician–Patient Relationship, a change in one factor causes the measured factor to change in the opposite direction. Some relationships in physics have multiple proportionalities.

distance fallen ∝ time2

Original falling distance = (constant) × (original falling time)2

New falling distance = (constant) × (2 × original falling time)2

New falling distance = 4 × (constant) × (original falling time)2

New falling distance = 4 × (original falling distance)

References

  1. Giancolli, Physics, 6th edition, 2005.
  2. Physics Central
  3. the Physics Classroom

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