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Fundamentals of Biomechanics

Equilibrium, Motion, and Deformation

Leger, Dawn L.

Nordin, Margareta (Ed.)

Originally published by Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1991

2nd ed. 1999, XXI, 393 p.


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Biomechanics applies the principles and rigor of engineering to the mechanical properties of living systems. This book integrates the classic fields of mechanics--statics, dynamics, and strength of materials--using examples from biology and medicine. Fundamentals of Biomechanics is excellent for teaching either undergraduates in biomedical engineering programs or health care professionals studying biomechanics at the graduate level. Extensively revised from a successful first edition, the book features a wealth of clear illustrations, numerous worked examples, and many problem sets. The book provides the quantitative perspective missing from more descriptive texts, without requiring an advanced background in mathematics. It will be welcomed for use in courses such as biomechanics and orthopedics, rehabilitation and industrial engineering, and occupational or sports medicine.

Content Level » Graduate

Keywords » Nordin - Ozkaya - biomechanics - biomedical engineering - rehabilitation - sports medicine - tissue

Related subjects » Human Physiology - Medicine - Orthopedics

Table of contents 

1. Introduction. 2. Force Vector. 3. Moment and Torque Vectors. 4. Statics: Analyses of Systems in Equilibrium. 5. Applications of Statics to Biomechanics. 6. Introduction to Deformable Body Mechanics. 7. Stress and Strain. 8. Multiaxial Deformations and Stress Analyses. 9. Mechanical Properties of Biological Tissues. 10. Introduction to Dynamics. 11. Linear Kinematics. 12. Linear Kinetics. 13 Angular Kinematics. 14 Angular Kinetics. 15. Impulse and Momentum. Appendices.

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