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Introductory Biophysics: Perspectives on the Living State

Author(s): J.R. Claycomb, PhD, Houston Baptist University
Jonathan Quoc P. Tran, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • ISBN-13: 9780763779986
  • Hardcover    364 pages      © 2011
Price: $187.95 US List
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Designed for biology, physics, and medical students, Introductory Biophysics: Perspectives on the Living State, provides a comprehensive overview of the complex subject of biological physics. The companion CD-ROM (eBook version does not include the CD-ROM),, with MATLAB® examples and the student version of QuickField™, allows the student to perform biophysical simulations and modify the textbook example files. Included in the text are computer simulations of thermodynamics, astrobiology, the response of living cells to external fields, chaos in population dynamics, numerical models of evolution, electrical circuit models of cell suspension, gap junctions, and neuronal action potentials. With this text students will be able to perform biophysical simulations within hours.

MATLAB examples include:

  • the Hodgkin Huxley equations
  • the FitzHugh-Nagumo model of action potentials
  • fractal structures in biology
  • chaos in population dynamics
  • the cellular automaton model (the game of life)
  • pattern formation in reaction-diffusion systems

QuickField™ tutorials and examples include:

  • calculation of currents in biological tissue
  • cells under electrical stimulation
  • induced membrane potentials
  • heat transfer and analysis of stress in biomaterials

Features & Benefits

  • Designed to prepare students for practical applications of physics to the fields of biology and medicine
  • Using MATLAB and QuickField™, computer models provide hands-on investigation of problems relevant to biophysics in modeling biophysical processes and dynamics
  • Includes cutting-edge material in complexity, space biology, and astrobiology
  • Every new print copy includes CD-ROM with biophysical lab simulations, example files, 4-color figures from the text, and the fully functional Student Version of QuickField™
  • Instructor resources include a CD-ROM (eBook version does not include the CD-ROM), with solutions, computer models, figures from the text, and  PowerPoint presentations
  Chapter 1  Building Blocks and Structure
  Chapter 2  Living State Interactions
  Chapter 3  Heat Transfer in Biomaterials
  Chapter 4  Living State Thermodynamics
  Chapter 5  Open Systems and Chemical Thermodynamics
  Chapter 6  Diffusion and Transport
  Chapter 7  Fluids
  Chapter 8  Bioenergetics and Molecular Motors
  Chapter 9  Passive Electrical Properties of Living Cells
  Chapter 10  Nerve Conduction
  Chapter 11  Mechanical Properties of Biomaterials
  Chapter 12  Biomagnetism
  Chapter 13  Nonlinearity and Chaos in Biological Systems
  Chapter 14  Fractals and Complexity in the Life Sciences
  Chapter 15  Life and the Universe
Appendix 1  Mathematical Formulas
Appendix 2  Overview of MATLAB
Appendix 3  Derivation of the Heat Equation
Appendix 4  Derivation of Shannon’s Entropy Formula
Appendix 5  Thermodynamic Identities
Appendix 6  Kramers-Kronig Transformations
Appendix 7  Solution to the One Dimensional Schrödinger Equation
Appendix 8  Biophysical Applications of QuickField
Appendix 9  Biological Material Properties

J.R. Claycomb, PhD-Houston Baptist University

J. R. Claycomb (Ph.D) is currently an assistant professor in physics at Houston Baptist University. He teaches modern physics, biophysics and astronomy and his research interests include biophysics and magnetic measurements. He has published over 40 journal articles and is a consultant for various engineering companies.

Jonathan Quoc P. Tran-University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Jonathan Quoc P. Tran has published journal articles in IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity and The Physics Teacher. He graduated from Houston Baptist University in December 2008 with a degree in Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and currently studies medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

The following instructor resources are available to qualified instructors for download

ISBN-13: 9780763779986

Additional Resources for Instructors
Answers to In-Text Questions
Instructor Manual
Slides in PowerPoint Format