BME 271-0-20: Introduction to Biomechanics

Quarter Offered

Fall : MTWF 11:30am-12:20pm ; Rudnicki
Winter : MTWF 11:00-11:50am, Th 11:00–11:50 (Disc) ; Alarcon-Fleming, O'Neill


GEN ENG 205-2


The objective of this course is to provide BME undergraduate students with concepts and skills required to develop an ability to visualize and understand the fundamental behavior of structures and solids. Students will learn methods of computing stresses in several types of structural and machine components and the fundamental approach for determining internal forces and stresses in indeterminate structures – use of equations of equilibrium, force-temperature-deformation relations, and expressions for the geometry of the deformations. This will be accomplished in a series of lectures taught by a CIV instructor. In a weekly discussion section lead by a BME instructor, students will apply that knowledge to biological and physiological systems.

Who takes it?

BME students typically take this course in their sophomore year.

Mini-Syllabus (CIV lectures)

  • Normal stress and shear stress
  • Axial loading
  • Torsion
  • Bending
  • Stress transformation
  • Deflection

Minisyllabus (BME discussions)

  • Mechanics in physiology
  • Mechanical properties of bone and cartilage
  • Muscle forces and mechanics
  • Bioviscoelastic solids
  • Current research topics


For the discussion: No textbook required.

For the main part of the course (CEE216):
Recommended Text Book:Mechanics of Materials, F.B. Beer, E. R. Johnston, J. T. DeWolf, D. F. Mazurek, 8thedition, Mc Graw Hill. Prior editions of the textbook as well as other similar textbooks are adequate for the reading content.