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Randal Preston Ching
M E 599
Seattle Campus

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Written report required. Prerequisite: permission of department chairperson. Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

COMPUTATIONAL METHODS IN BIOMECHANICS:   An introduction to computational techniques used in musculoskeletal biomechanics research. The concept of multi-scale modeling (from whole-body, to organ- level, to cells) will be introduced and explored in the context of solving different aspects of the same large biomechanics research question: “How does exercise affect the musculoskeletal system and benefit the prevention of osteoporosis?”

The class will be held in the Center for Computational Biomechanics which has workstations available for students to run interactive simulations during the lectures. A series of modeling lab assignments will be completed to introduce the student to different facets of computational modeling at different scales including: inverse dynamics and gait analysis, finite element analysis, and agent-based modeling.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Randal Preston Ching
Date: 11/24/2008