Plans for a 6th Edition of Intermediate Physics for Medicine and Biology

Brad Roth
2 min readMay 5, 2023

Thank you for your interest in the 5th edition of Intermediate Physics for Medicine and Biology. We’re considering a 6th edition and we would like to get your opinions and input. Some of you may have heard that about a year ago the senior author Russ Hobbie passed away. He was a joy to work with and will be missed. The 6th edition will have three authors: Hobbie, me, and a new coauthor Gene Surdutovich.

Gene and I would appreciate any feedback you have about our plans for the 6th edition. If you have time, please answer the questions below and email your responses to me at It would help us a lot to hear from you. I know that I listed many questions. Don’t worry if you have answers to only a few (or even just one).

Thank you.

  1. Was there any topic in the textbook that you think could be removed?
  2. Was there any topic NOT in the textbook that you would like to see added in the 6th edition?
  3. Regarding the homework problems, were they too easy? Too difficult? Too many? Too few?
  4. How useful was the list of symbols at the end of each chapter?
  5. Regarding the references, were there too many? Too few?
  6. Were the figures useful? Not useful? Easy to understand? Difficult to understand?
  7. A few chapters had computer code. Was it useful? Was it unnecessary?
  8. Are the Appendices useful? Unnecessary? Too many? Too few?
  9. Do you have any general input or advice?
  10. Do you have any specific issues with the 5th edition that you would like us to address?

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Brad Roth

Professor of Physics at Oakland University and coauthor of the textbook Intermediate Physics for Medicine and Biology.