BME 110C Biomechanics III (2012-2013)

BME 110C Biomechanics III

(Required for BME.)
Catalog Data:

BME 110C Biomechanics III (Credit Units: 4) Applications of statics and dynamics to biomedical systems. Cellular biomechanics, hemodynamics, circulatory system, respiratory system, muscles and movement, skeletal biomechanics. Applications to bioengineering design. Prerequisite: BME110B. BME 110A, BME 110B, BME 110C must be taken in the same academic year. (Design units: 1)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0521841122.

Recommended Textbook:

Class Notes

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

1. Describe the cytoskeleton (EAC a)

2. Define mechanotransduction (EAC a)

3. Calculate in units of ATP molecules, the amount of work done (EAC a, EAC b)

4. Differentiate between steady flow and unsteady flow in blood vessels (EAC a)

5. Apply the constituitive equation for blood (EAC a, EAC b)

6. Label prominent parts of the heart (EAC a)

7. Calculate cardiac pumping power (EAC a)

8. Differentiate between systolic and diastolic pressure (EAC a)

9. Describe how hemodynamic variables scale with body surface area (EAC a)

10. Apply Darcy’s law to interstitial fluid flow (EAC a, EAC b)

11. Define glaucoma in terms of pressure (EAC a, EAC b)

12. Label the gross anatomy of the lung (EAC a)

13. Use mass transfer to calculate gas absorption in the lung (EAC a, EAC b)

14. Differentiate between isotonic and isometric contraction (EAC a, EAC b)

15. Apply failure mechanics to bone fracture (EAC a, EAC b)

16. Differentiate between ligaments, tendons, and cartilage (EAC a)

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Classical physics and lab: electricity and magnetism
  • Classical physics: fluids, oscillations, waves, optics
  • Calculus
  • Differential equations
Lecture Topics:
  • Cellular biomechanics
  • Hemodynamics
  • The circulatory system
  • The interstitum
  • Ocular biomechanics
  • The respiratory system
  • Muscles and movement
  • Skeletal biomechanics
  • Terrestrial locomotion
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. * Homework 80% * Design Project 20%

Lectures: 100%
Laboratory Portion: 0%
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework: 20%
  • Midterm(1) 20%
  • Midterm(2): 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