Comparative Biomechanics
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Comparative Biomechanics

Life's Physical World - Second Edition

Steven Vogel

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Comparative Biomechanics

Life's Physical World - Second Edition

Steven Vogel

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The classic textbook on comparative biomechanics—revised and expanded Why do you switch from walking to running at a specific speed? Why do tall trees rarely blow over in high winds? And why does a spore ejected into air at seventy miles per hour travel only a fraction of an inch? Comparative Biomechanics is the first and only textbook that takes a comprehensive look at the mechanical aspects of life—covering animals and plants, structure and movement, and solids and fluids. An ideal entry point into the ways living creatures interact with their immediate physical world, this revised and updated edition examines how the forms and activities of animals and plants reflect the materials available to nature, considers rules for fluid flow and structural design, and explores how organisms contend with environmental forces.Drawing on physics and mechanical engineering, Steven Vogel looks at how animals swim and fly, modes of terrestrial locomotion, organism responses to winds and water currents, circulatory and suspension-feeding systems, and the relationship between size and mechanical design. He also investigates links between the properties of biological materials—such as spider silk, jellyfish jelly, and muscle—and their structural and functional roles. Early chapters and appendices introduce relevant physical variables for quantification, and problem sets are provided at the end of each chapter. Comparative Biomechanics is useful for physical scientists and engineers seeking a guide to state-of-the-art biomechanics. For a wider audience, the textbook establishes the basic biological context for applied areas—including ergonomics, orthopedics, mechanical prosthetics, kinesiology, sports medicine, and biomimetics—and provides materials for exhibit designers at science museums.

  • Problem sets at the ends of chapters
  • Appendices cover basic background information
  • Updated and expanded documentation and materials
  • Revised figures and text
  • Increased coverage of friction, viscoelastic materials, surface tension, diverse modes of locomotion, and biomimetics

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Year
2013
ISBN
9781400847822
Subtopic
Biology
Edition
2
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Here 
we 
take 
a 
quick 
look 
at 
the 
contexts 
of 
biomechanics—physical, 
mathematical, 
and 
biological. 
After 
setting 
the 
stage 
with 
a 
sampling 
of 
the 
kinds 
of 
questions 
of 
interest 
in 
biomechanics, 
we 
introduce 
the 
relevant 
physical 
variables 
and 
talk 
about 
how 
they 
can 
be 
manipulated. 
And 
we 
look 
at 
the 
basic 
issues 
raised 
by 
the 
extreme 
variability 
of 
both 
the 
sizes 
and 
shapes 
of 
organisms.
Life’s 
Physical 
Context

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