Putting your heart into physics

P. B. Siegel*, A. Urhausen, J. Sperber, W. Kindermann

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We describe techniques for measuring the time interval between successive heartbeats. This time series data can be used in undergraduate physics classes for instruction in resonance phenomena, scaling, and other methods of analysis including Fourier analysis and Poincaré plots. Using methods from physics on data from human physiology are of particular interest to life science students.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)324-332
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Physics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2004
Externally publishedYes


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