Physics of the Human Body

Course Information
TitleΦΥΣΙΚΗ ΤΟΥ ΑΝΘΡΩΠΙΝΟΥ ΣΩΜΑΤΟΣ / Physics of the Human Body
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorTheodoros Samaras
Course ID40003049

Programme of Study: UPS of School of Physics (2012-today)

Registered students: 66
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreGeneral Electives844

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
During the course, students - familiarize themselves with the structure and basic functions of several organ systems in the human body, - learn, in a simple way, the usefulness of physics in understanding these functions.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Work autonomously
Course Content (Syllabus)
Part 1 (hours: 6): Energy, heat and power in the body: Conservation of energy in the body, energetic body changes, work and power Part 2 (hours: 3): Energy, heat and power in the body: Heat loss mechanisms from the body (through radiation, conduction and breathing), thermoregulatory mechanisms, the effect of clothing Part 3 (hours: 3) Pressure in the body: Pressure measurement, the body pressure in the skull, the eye, the digestive system and bladder, tension in the skeleton, pressure during diving Part 4 (hours: 6): Osmosis: Transfer of substances in liquids through membranes (forced by solvent movement, diffusion, volume flow versus diffusion, osmotic pressure, active transport - moving in the opposite way), regulation of the extracellular (interstitial) fluid . Part 5 (hours: 6): Physics of the cardiovascular system: the main components of the cardiovascular system, exchange of O2 and CO2 in the capillary system, the work of heart, blood pressure measurement, pressure in the vessel wall, the principle of Bernoulli in the cardiovascular system, blood flow velocity, laminar and turbulent flow, physical some cardiovascular diseases Part 6 (hours: 3): Electric and magnetic signals from the body: electric cell potentials, electrocardiogram, the heart as a dipole, cardiac leads, the Einthoven triangle Part 7 (h 3): Electrical and magnetic signals from the body: the nervous system, the neuron, neuronal electrical potentials, electroencephalography, magnetic signals from the heart and brain Part 8 (hours: 3): Physics of the eyes and vision: parts of the eye to focus, other parts of the eye, the retina, the threshold of vision, diffraction phenomena in the eye, visual acuity Part 9 (hours: 3): Physic of the eyes and vision: defective vision and its correction, instruments used in ophthalmology Part 10 (hours: 3): Problem-solving
human body, physics
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
During the course multimedia resources (e.g. animations and films from YouTube or applets) are used to facilitate the comprehension of several issues.
Course Organization
Student Assessment
Written exams (end of semester)
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Φυσική του ανθρώπινου σώματος, J. Cameron, J. Skofronick, R. Grant, Εκδόσεις ΠΑΡΙΣΙΑΝΟΥ Α.Ε., 2002
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