BME 110A Biomechanics I (2012-2013)

BME 110A Biomechanics I

(Required for BME and BMEP. Selected Elective for MSE.)
Catalog Data:

BME 110A Biomechanics I (Credit Units: 4) Introduction to statics. Rigid bodies, analysis of structures, forces in beams, moments of inertia. Prerequisite: Physics 7D, 7LD, 7E. BME 110A, BME 110B and BME 110C must be taken in the same academic year. (Design units: 1)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0077275556.

Recommended Textbook:

Class notes

James P. Brody
Relationship to Student Outcomes
This course relates to Student Outcomes: EAC a.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Describe the resultant of two forces (EAC a)

2. Describe the vector product of two vectors (EAC a)

3. Describe the moment of a force about an axis (EAC a)

4. Draw a free body diagram (EAC a)

5. Pinpoint the center of gravity of a body (EAC a)

6. Apply the method of sections to a truss (EAC a)

7. Determine internal forces in a structure (EAC a)

8. Solve problems involving static and kinetic friction (EAC a)

9. Calculate the principal moments of inertia of a body (EAC a)

10. Apply the parallel axis theorem (EAC a)

11. Calculate the work of a force over a finite displacement (EAC a)

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Classical Physics and Lab.
  • Electricity and magnetism.
  • Classical Physics: Fluids, oscillations, waves, optics.
  • Calculus.
  • Differential Equations.
Lecture Topics:
  • Statics of Particles
  • Rigid Bodies: Equivalent Systems of Force
  • Equilibrium of Rigid Bodies
  • Distributed Forces: Centroids and Centers of Gravity
  • Analysis of Structures
  • Forces in Beams and Cables
  • Friction
  • Distributed Forces: Moments of Inertia
  • Methods of Virtual Work
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:


Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component

Contributes toward the Biomedical Engineering Topics and Major Design experience.

Design Content Description

Design is taught through design projects and homework problems. The students are required to use the basic principles to design devices, theoretical approaches and experiments.

Lectures: 100%
Laboratory Portion: 0%
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework: 20%
  • Midterm I: 20%
  • Midterm II: 20%
  • Final: 40%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 3.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 1.0 credit units

October 1, 2014
Senate Approved:
September 15, 2010
Approved Effective:
2011 Fall Qtr