Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Applied Physics

Some Vocations and the Branch of Physics that Applies to them

Medicine

Anesthetics: Electricity + Mass Transfer(Fluids – Diffusion Rates)

Cardiology/Cardiac Surgery: Fluid Mechanics. Electrical Models of Pumping

Ear, Nose + Throat: Pressure Differentials, Fluid Flow

Endocrinology: Delivery Systems, Mass + Heat Transfer (Homeostasis)

Nephrology/Gastric Systems: Fluid Flow, Electrical Models of Filtration

Neurology/Neuroscience: Electrostatics, Current Flow

Ophthalmology/Optometry/Optician: Optics

Orthopedics: Mechanics (Stress, Strain, Torque, Center of Gravity, Equilibrium)

Plastics: Properties of Materials (Physics based- stress, elasticity etc)

Respiratory: Pressure Systems (Gas Laws), Fluid Flow

Sports Medicine – Biomechanics (Physics)

Law

Construction/Commercial Real Estate – Statics

Tort Law – Slip and Fall, Coefficient of Friction

Medical Malpractice – Take your pick from ‘Medicine’ above.

Patent Law – Many Patent Lawyers have an engineering background. The physics helps understand the technology.

Motor Vehicle Accidents – Kinematics + Dynamics

Dentistry -

Orthodontics is built on the Principles of Dynamics. Also the operation of the Jaw, grinding, biting are all concepts that lend themselves to a physics analysis.

Business World

Ergonomics – Often Uses mechanics, optics principles

Market Movement – Has been analyzed using an application of the physics concepts of Gravity (Market driver), Friction (Market Drag) and other factors. Useful in the derivatives market. Rational Expectations have also been looked at as friction forces. I know it sounds bizarre.
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