An introduction to the basic concepts and methods in biomechanics, including statics, deformable bodies, and rigid body dynamics.
Prerequisites: MATH 2551 and COE 2001
Credit Hours: 4
Average GPA: 2.95
This course will expand on the principles of statics by presenting concepts in the mechanics of materials under static conditions (deformable bodies), as well as the dynamics of rigid bodies. After completing this course, students will be able to analyze problems in biomedical engineering by applying simple models of material deformation and rigid body dynamics. This class emphasizes problem-solving process, so be sure to think critically about the fundamental concepts behind the material and systematically apply the concepts and problem-solving methodology taught in class. This may be useful in modelling forces and moments in the musculoskeletal system, understanding intracellular forces, or generating design criteria for medical devices. It is usually taught in a traditional lecture format, with regular quizzes and challenging homeworks. Take great notes and don’t miss a class. For some professors, this is the only information available.
THE tip: Use the homework as an opportunity to practice solving problems and apply the principles taught in lecture. It’s important to understand the fundamental concepts behind the problems, not just being able to solve them with a certain set of numbers, since these will be your guide for problems on the exam and final.
Recall: Statics, integral calculus, trigonometry, and kinematics.
Spend your time… Working on problems from the homework and other available practice problems
Take Home: Analysis of deformable bodies and rigid body dynamics, application of simple models, applying mechanical analysis to biomedical engineering systems.