BME 110C Biomechanics III (2013-2014)

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. Biomedical Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. (Design units: 1)

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Class Notes

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

1. Students will learn about the fundamental fluid dynamics and their applications to human biomechanics. (EAC a)

2. Students will learn about the biomechanics of human cardiovascular system. (EAC a)

3. Students will gain fundamental understanding on applying fluid dynamic concepts to biomechanics. (EAC a)

4. Students will learn to extend their knowledge of fluid mechanics to understand the mechanical properties of blood and biomechanics of cardiovascular system. (EAC a)

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Classical physics and lab: electricity and magnetism
  • Classical physics: fluids, oscillations, waves, optics
  • Calculus
  • Differential equations
Lecture Topics:
  • Introduction to Biomechanics
  • Review: Vector Analysis
  • Fundamentals of Fluid Dynamics
  • Bernoulli’s Equation; Flow through a nozzle
  • Non-Newtonian Fluids
  • Dimensional Analysis
  • Bessel Functions
  • Modeling Pulsatile Flow
  • Diffusion and Capillary Flow
  • Biomechanics of Heart Valves
  • Cardiac Biomechanics
  • Biomechanics of Cardiovascular Devices
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 homework problems and exams.

Lectures: 100%
Laboratory Portion: 0%
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework: 20%
  • Midterms 50%
  • 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:
April 1, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr