Practical Guide to Vertebrate Mechanics

ISBN-10: 0521576733
ISBN-13: 9780521576734
Edition: 1999
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Description: This text can be considered an engineering book for biologists. The emphasis is on vertebrates, and each topic begins with a discussion of the underlying principles, followed by practical experiments and laboratory exercises.

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Book details

List price: $103.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/28/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 316
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.496

This text can be considered an engineering book for biologists. The emphasis is on vertebrates, and each topic begins with a discussion of the underlying principles, followed by practical experiments and laboratory exercises.

Christopher McGowan is Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and Professor of Zoology at the University of Toronto.

Preface
Introduction
A matter of scale
Elasticity
Measuring the strengths of materials
How things break
Bone as a composite material
Structures and loads
Engineering a skeleton
Friction, lubrication and joints
Muscles: the driving force of skeletons
Terrestrial locomotion
Fluid flow
Flight and flying
Swimming and swimmers
Appendix: chapter notes and responses to questions
References
Index

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