Preface; 1. Physics as a basis for describing biological systems; 2. Errors, units and scaling laws; 3. Motions and oscillations; 4. Resonances and waves; 5. Optics, light and colours; 6. Forces and Newton's laws of motion; 7. Continuum mechanics; 8. Heat, temperature and entropy; 9. Electrical charges and currents; 10. Magnetism; Appendix A. Mathematical tools; Appendix B. Solutions to quizzes; References; Index.
An introduction to the fundamental physical principles related to the study of biological phenomena, structured around relevant biological examples.
Christof M. Aegerter is a Professor of Physics at the Universität Zürich. He has extensive research experience in biological and soft condensed matter physics, specifically bio-imaging and the dynamics of biological growth. He currently teaches a course for first year biology students, demonstrating introductory physics with examples from the biological sciences.