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Development Of The Textbook, Conservation Principles In Bioengineering

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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BME Courses

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9.459.1 - 9.459.10



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Larry McIntire

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Ka-yiu San

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Ann Saterbak

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Session 1309

Development of the Textbook, Conservation Principles in Bioengineering Ann Saterbak,1 Ka-Yiu San,1 Larry V. McIntire2 1 Department of Bioengineering, Rice University, Houston TX 77005 2 Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech, Atlanta GA 30332


The textbook, Conservation Principles in Bioengineering, which covers the conservation laws with applications in biological and medical systems, has been written. Its publication by Prentice Hall is expected in 2005. The conservation laws of mass, energy, charge and momentum form the foundation of engineering. Focusing on applications in biological systems to teach these conservation laws provides a new and unifying approach to the introductory, interdisciplinary fundamentals course in Biomedical Engineering departments.

Chapters 1 and 2 provide exposure to bioengineering problems and motivation for a quantitative engineering approach. The manuscript begins with a basic review of engineering calculations with an emphasis on elaborating the physical variables, which are introduced in the context of different biomedical technologies. The fundamental framework of the conservation laws is described in Chapter 2.

Chapters 3-6 cover conservation of mass, energy, charge, and momentum in biomedical systems. Each chapter begins with a challenge problem that present a current bioengineering design challenge. Within each chapter, basic concepts are reviewed, and the accounting and conservation equations are restated and explicitly formulated for the property of interest. Open, closed, steady-state, dynamic, reacting and non-reacting systems are covered. The derivation of Kirchhoff’s current and voltage laws, Newton’s laws of motions, Bernoulli’s equation, and others from the key accounting and conservation equations are also presented. The text deliberately includes ten or more worked examples per chapter that span physiology, kinematics, biomaterials, cellular engineering, instrumentation, imaging, and biotechnology. Presently, each chapter has 25-40 homework problems.

One unique feature of this textbook is the inclusion of three case studies in Chapter 7 that integrate the different conservation applications of mass, energy, charge, and momentum. The case studies include the heart, the lungs, and the kidneys. Problem-based learning (PBL) modules on these systems are being developed as part of a NSF Division of Undergraduate Education grant.

The effectiveness of the textbook and students’ progress toward established educational goals are being assessed in several bioengineering departments across the country where the manuscript is

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright 2004, American Society of Engineering Education

McIntire, L., & San, K., & Saterbak, A. (2004, June), Development Of The Textbook, Conservation Principles In Bioengineering Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--13929

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