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Physics with Illustrative Examples from Medicine and Biology : Statistical Physics - George B. Benedek

Physics with Illustrative Examples from Medicine and Biology

Statistical Physics

Hardcover Published: 26th June 2000
ISBN: 9780387987545
Number Of Pages: 641

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A reissue of a classic book, corrected, edited, and typeset, to be published in the Biological Physics Series. Intended for undergraduate courses in biophysics, biological physics, physiology, medical physics, and biomedical engineering, this book is an introduction to statistical physics with examples and problems from the medical and biological sciences. Topics include the elements of the theory of probability, Poisson statistics, thermal equilibrium, entropy and free energy, and the second law of thermodynamics. Chapters include problems and references. The book can be used as a supplement to standard introductory physics courses, and as a text for medical schools, medical physics courses, and biology departments. The three volumes combined present all the major topics in physics. Originally published in 1974 from the authors's typescript, this reissue will be edited, corrected, typeset, the art redrawn, and an index added. These books are being reissued by Springer in the Biological Physics Series in response to frequent requests to provide these texts to satisfy the growing need among students and practitioners in the medical and biological sciences with a working knowledge of the physical sciences. The books are also in demand in physics departments either as supplements to traditional intro texts or as main text for those departments offering courses with biological or medical physics orientation. A solutions manual will be available. The authors are recognized experts in the field, and are under contract for an upperlevel/grad text in biological physics. Benedeck was the recepient of the 1995 Irving Lanmuir Prize from the American Physical Society for Chemical Physics, and the 1994 Biological Physics Prize by the American Physical Society.

Foreword to the First Edition
Series Preface
Preface to the Second Edition
Acknowledgments for the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Acknowledgments for the First Edition
Elements of the Theory of Probability: The Binomial Distribution: Applicationsp. 1
Definition of Probability. The Two Rules. Illustrative Examplesp. 1
Bernoulli Trials. The Binomial Distributionp. 13
Mean Values and Variancep. 24
Illustrative Applicationsp. 36
Diffusion and Transport Processesp. 91
Molecular Movement and the Physical Properties of Gases: A Short Surveyp. 91
Random Walk in One and Three Dimensionsp. 104
The Diffusion Equationp. 126
Particle Conservation, Particle Current, and Fick's Lawp. 142
Flow and Diffusion of Particles Under the Action of External Forces and Collisions with Solvent Moleculesp. 179
Flow of Solute and Solvent Across of Membrane in the Presence of Both Pressure and Concentration Gradientsp. 212
Poisson Statisticsp. 287
Introductionp. 287
Derivation of the Poisson Probability Distributionp. 288
Properties of the Poisson Distributionp. 299
Poisson Statistics and the Detection of Light by the Eyep. 307
The Luria - Delbruck Experiment: Mutation as the Source of Bacterial Immunity to Virus Attackp. 332
Thermal Equilibrium. The Boltzmann Factor. Entropy and Free Energy. The Second Law of Thermodynamics. Application to Physics, Chemistry, and Biologyp. 361
The Statistical Nature of Thermal Equilibriump. 361
The Probability Distribution of Energy. The Boltzmann Factorp. 379
Macroscopic Statement of Equilibrium Conditions. Entropy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics, Minimum Principle for Free Energy. Chemical Potentialsp. 454
Applications of the Equilibrium Conditions to Problems in Physics, Chemistry, and Biologyp. 504
Table of Important Constantp. 621
Table of Units and Conversion Factorsp. 623
Indexp. 627
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ISBN: 9780387987545
ISBN-10: 0387987541
Series: Biological and Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering : Book 2
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 641
Published: 26th June 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.44 x 18.52  x 4.27
Weight (kg): 1.37
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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