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BIOL 5380 Topics in Biomechanics (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

This course will explore the physical principles underlying biological processes and mechanisms including movement, feeding, architecture, and transport. Drawing on physics and mechanical engineering, the course will explore how organisms swim, fly, walk, and consume resources, how they respond to moving fluids, and the relationship between their size and design of mechanical systems. Underlying all these topics will be investigations of how biological materials (e.g., wood, muscle, bone, skin, etc.) influence the mechanical behavior of complex life forms. The course will prepare students for more in-depth explorations of other related disciplines including ergonomics, orthopedics, kinesiology, and sports medicine.


Instructor(s): Christopher Kenaley

Prerequisites: Must have successfully completed BIOL3030 and Familiarity with basic Newtonian physics and mechanics is recommended.

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Last Updated: 31-Mar-15