BME 110A Biomechanics I (2014-2015)

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, Physics 7LD, Physics 7E, BME 60C, Math 3A, and Math 3D. Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering: Premedical majors, and Material Science Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. BME 110A-BME 110B-BME 110C must be taken in the same academic year. . (Design units: 1)

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


Class notes

Arash Kheradvar
Relationship to Student Outcomes
This course relates to Student Outcomes: EAC a.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Students will be able to add, multiple forces and compute moments. (EAC a)

2. Students will be able to determine internal forces in a structure. (EAC a)

3. Students will be able to design experiments involving single molecule statics. (EAC a)

4. Students will be able to compute forces within anatomical joints. (EAC a)

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Classical Physics and Lab. Electricity and magnetism.
  • Classical Physics: Fluids, oscillations, waves, optics.
  • Calculus.
  • Differential Equations and Linear Algebra.
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:

Matlab, Microsoft Office or equivalent

Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component

Contributes toward the Biomedical Engineering Topics and Major Design experience.

Design Content Description

Design problems are assigned to groups of students who describe the problem, state assumptions, and provide computer drawings either by CAD software or MS PowerPoint. The designs include a list of components from online catalogs or local businesses, a budget, drawings, detailed mathematical analysis of the problem and the design, as well as a strategy for testing the design.

Lectures: 100%
Laboratory Portion: 0%
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework: 20%
  • Designs: 20%
  • Midterms: 30%
  • Final: 30%
  • 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:
March 4, 2014
Approved Effective:
2014 Fall Qtr