124.111 Physics for Life Sciences (15 credits)

Describing motion. Forces and torques, work and energy in biological and non-biological system. Heat energy - its production and transfer in animals. Stress, strain and the strength of biological material. Ideal Gas Law. Flow of fluids in tube. Light, sound and their biological detection. DC and AC electric circuits. Acoustics and ultrasound. Ionising radiation. Biomedical instruments. A laboratory course based on the above which includes the use of basic statistics in the interpretation of data and illustration of the scientific method.

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Expected prior learning Requirements help

  • Students should have studied at least 12 credits from NCEA Level 3 Physics, or equivalent, or passed 124.100. It is expected that students have a good grounding in wave systems, mechanical systems and electrical systems. For NCEA qualifications, studies in unit standards AS91523, AS91524 and AS91526 would be beneficial. All students should have a good grounding in mathematics. Not sure? Try this quiz.

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Year Semester Mode Location
2018 Semester one full semester Internal Manawatu Campus
2018 Semester one full semester Internal Auckland Campus

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