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Body Physics: Motion to Metabolism

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Lawrence Davis, Umpqua Community College

Copyright Year: 2018

Publisher: Open Oregon Educational Resources

Language: English

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Reviewed by Sean Jones, Instructor, Lane Community College on 7/31/20

This text seems to cover exactly what it advertises. It provides an adequate foundation in Physics, then translates those principles to movement and metabolism. This would be quite helpful for Kinesiology students, particularly those who wish to... read more

Reviewed by James Rittenbach, Science Instructor (mostly physics), Rogue Community College on 7/16/20

Electricity as a specific topic is treated only in the context of electrical conduction and its relation to the same atomic properties of thermal conduction. That is, things that are good electrical conductors tend to also be good thermal... read more

Table of Contents

  • Unit 1: Purpose and Preparation
  • Unit 2: Measuring the Body
  • Unit 3: Errors in Body Composition Measurement
  • Unit 4: Better Body Composition Measurement
  • Unit 5: Maintaining Balance
  • Unit 6: Strength and Elasticity of the Body
  • Unit 7: The Body in Motion
  • Unit 8: Locomotion
  • Unit 9: Powering the Body
  • Unit 10: Body Heat and The Fight for Life

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  • About the Book

    Body Physics sticks to the basic functioning of the human body, from motion to metabolism, as a common theme through which fundamental physics topics are introduced. Related practice, reinforcement and Lab activities are included. See the front matter for more details.

    Additional supplementary material, activities, and information can be found at:

    About the Contributors


    Dr. Lawrence (Mick) Davis is an Associate Professor of Science at Umpqua Community College (UCC) in Roseburg, OR where he teaches General Physical Science, General Physics, General Physics with Calculus, and Water Resource Science.  In his spare time Mick enjoys alpine climbing, volunteering with Eugene Mountain Rescue, working with UCC’s wrestling teams (men and women), participating in outreach activities such as STEAMHub, and now writing OER textbooks. Mick’s interests in STEM education and in body physics were both sparked by his time at Pacific University where he earned a B.S. in Physics and a top-10 national ranking in wrestling. Mick’s body physics interest continued through graduate school at the University of Oregon (UO) where he earned a Ph.D. in physics and traded wrestling for climbing as an excuse to get out of the lab. Mick’s research focused on the growth, morphology, and optical properties of metallic nanostructures, but he also worked on a collaborative project with the Oregon Institute of Neuroscience and started a consulting company to fulfill a local industry need for physical modeling of stream temperature. The UO is also where Mick met his wife Liz, who is an R.N. and clinical instructor  for the Nursing Program at UCC. Raising their two young children has reduced time spent climbing, but provided a whole new source of interest in both neuroscience and the physics of the human body.

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