Friday, May 9, 2008

See Russ Hobbie on YouTube!

In Chapter 15 of the 4th Edition of Intermediate Physics for Medicine and Biology, Russ Hobbie and I discuss the interaction of radiation with matter, a topic that is crucial for understanding the medical use of X-rays. Twenty years ago, Russ wrote a computer program called MacDose that provides a two-dimensional simulation of the photoelectric effect, Compton scattering, and pair production; the primary mechanisms of X-ray interaction. MacDose runs on any Macintosh with OS-9 or earlier, including Classic in OS-X. You can download a copy of MacDose, including a student manual and instructors guide, at our book's website. To learn more about MacDose, see Hobbie's article in Computers in Physics (6:355-359, 1992).

You can also download a 26 minute Quicktime movie in which Russ demonstrates MacDose and explains various concepts related to the attenuation and absorption of X-rays (you can view the movie on either a PC or a Mac). With help from my daughter Stephanie, I have uploaded this movie onto YouTube. Because of a limit on the duration of YouTube videos, Stephanie had to split the movie into three parts. Search on YouTube for "MacDose" and you should find all three. Then pop some popcorn, pour yourself a drink, find a seat, and watch Hollywood's leading man Russ Hobbie explain how radiation interacts with matter.

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