Physics I - EB

Ano letivo: 2016-2017
Specification sheet

Specific details
course codecycle os studiesacademic semestercredits ECTSteaching language

Learning goals
- Recognize and use basic concepts of physics, and its connection to the study of systems of interest to Biomedical Engineering (BE). Analyse, synthesize and process information.
- Know how to use physics methodologies and techniques, applying them in situations of interest to BE.
- Recognize the importance of physics in the interpretation and explanation of phenomena in the area of BE, science and technology.
- Prepare, process, interpret and communicate physical information, using bibliographical sources relevant, an appropriate speech and the right tools in classroom.
Generic skills to achieve
. Competence in analysis and synthesis;
. Competence to solve problems;
. Competence in critical thinking;
. Competence in autonomous learning;
. Professional ambition;
. Competency in organization and planning;
. Competence in oral and written communication;
. Competence in information management;
. Adaptability to new situations;
. creativity;
(in descending order of importance)
Newton Laws
Friction forces
Conservative forces and potential energy
Conservation of mechanical energy
Energy conservations in the presence of non-conservative forces
Linear and angular momentum conservation

Fundamental principles of hydrostatics
Dynamics of non-viscous fluids. Bernoulli equation - applications
Viscous fluids: viscosity, non-newtonian fluids, laminar and turbulent flow, Reynolds' number, friction in viscous fluids, Poiseuille equation - applications, Stokes' law - applications

Surface tension in a liquid, and curved surfaces in the liquid-air interfaces
Cohesive and adhesion energies
Separation surfaces between non miscible liquids
Molecular monolayers
Contact tensions solid liquid
Aborption at solid surfaces

Simple harmonic oscillator (SHO)
Superposition of two SHO
Damped and forced oscillations and resonances
None (this is a 1st year 1st semester curricular unit)
Generic skills to reach
. Competence in analysis and synthesis;
. Competence to solve problems;
. Critical thinking;
. Competence in autonomous learning;
. Competence in applying theoretical knowledge in practice;
. Competence in organization and planning;
. Competence in oral and written communication;
. Competence in information management;
. Adaptability to new situations;
. Creativity;
(by decreasing order of importance)
Teaching hours per semester
theory-practical classes30
total of teaching hours75

Exam100 %
OtherA aprovação em frequência permite dispensa de exame %

Bibliography of reference
Bibliografia de base / Basic bibliography
Apontamentos redigidos pelo professor (lectures notes writetten by the professor)
Manuel Fiolhais, Apontamentos de Física II / Complementos de Física
Bibliografia complementar/ Complementary bibliography
H. Benson, University Physics, John Wiley & Sons, Revised edition, New York (1995)
D. C. Giancoli, Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 3rd ed., Prentice Hall, New York (2000)
D. Halliday e R. Resnick, Fundamentos de Física, Livros Técnicos e Científicos, Rio de Janeiro (1985)
D. Halliday, R. Resnick e K.S. Krane, Physics, 5th Ed.
J.W. Kane, M.M. Sternheim, Physics, 3rd ed. John Wiley & Sons, New York (1988)
J.B. Marion e W.F. Hornyak, General Physics with Bioscience Essays, John Wiley & Sons, 2nd Ed., New York (1985)
F. Sears, M.W. Zemansky e H.D. Young, Física, 2ª ed., Livros Técnicos e Científicos, Rio de Janeiro (1985)
P.A. Tipler, Física para cientistas e engenheiros, 3ª ed., Editora Guanabara Koogan Rio de Janeiro (1994)
Teaching method
Conventional lectures with constant references to physical systems whose description might grab the attention of biochemical students. We emphasize everyday situations that can be explained using the physical concepts included in the syllabus. In this way we try to illustrate the usefulness and the importance of physics as a stuctural discipline in scientific and thechnological courses.
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