Syllabus academic year 2009/2010
(Created 2009-08-11.)

Higher education credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Level: A (Second level). Language of instruction: The course will be given in English. Optional for: E4, E4mt, F4, F4mt, M4, M4mo, N4, Pi4, Pi4bm. Course coordinator: Assistant Professor Ingrid Svensson,, Hållfasthetslära. Recommended prerequisits: Basic courses in mathematics, mechanics and solid mechanics. Assessment: Four written assignments are performed in groups of 2-3 students during the course. The assignments are reported in written reports and written feedback is given from the course coordinator. In the end of the course there is an individual, written, home exam. This exam is marked with the grades failed, 3, 4, 5 and this grade is also the final grade on the course. Procedures for an extra exam when failed, is arranged after contact with the course coordinator. Home page:

The aim of the course is to widen the conceptions of mechanics to also include biological tissues.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

The human body is built up by different elements such as bone, articular cartilage, ligaments, tendons, muscles, blood and body fluids. These elements are described and modelled in the context described in earlier courses in mechanics and solid mechanics. Concepts like constitutive equations and evolution laws are applied to biological material e.g. bone, where effects from mechanical loading on the inner structure are modelled. The architecture of the skeleton and the apparatus of locomotion are described as a mechanical system where the bones are coupled together in joints and the activity in the muscles control the movements.

V.H. Frankel and M.Nordin, Basic Biomechanics of the Skeletal System, 1980, chap. 1-5 and 10.
S.A. Berger, W. Goldsmith and E.R, Lewis, Introduction to Bioengineering, 1996, chap. 2-3, 8-10.
Y.C. Fung, Biomechanics, Mechanical Properties of Living Tissues, 1993, capt. 2 and 12.