IBDP Biology Chapter 6 Notes

HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY

STUDY NOTES FOR BIOLOGY CHAPTER 6 – HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY

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This unit consists of various subunits spanning the expanse of Human Physiology. We start with digestion, i.e. the enzyme-mediated breakdown of ingested macromolecules into smaller molecular forms in the alimentary canal. Digestion is coupled with peristaltic and followed by absorption via the gut mucosa. Then we discuss the blood system and heart. The heart is the four-chambered muscular organ that pumps blood into arteries and receives blood from veins. Heart has two sides, right and left, dealing with pulmonary and systemic circulation, respectively. Stroke volume is the amount of blood pumped by the left ventricle after each contraction. The cardiac cycle is the flow of events that occurs in the chambers of the heart to receive and supply blood consisting of systoles (contraction) and diastolic (relaxation).

Alternatively, we study immune defences (primary and secondary), and antibody interaction wherein antibodies interact with the pathogen’s antigen, which leads to the deactivation of the pathogen. Antibiotics hinder pathogens by disfiguring their cell wall or stopping their metabolism. The respiratory system mediates gas exchange. Here we dive into the structure of alveoli and how muscles help in ventilation ( inspiration and expiration). Neurons are the cells of the nervous system designed to transmit information in the form of electrical impulses.

The action potential is the nerve impulse and consists of depolarisation and repolarisation. We end the discussion with hormones, mainly focussing on sex hormones and the interplay of female sex hormones through the menstrual cycle and IVF.