Colorado School of Mines

MEGN 430

Musculoskeletal Biomechanics

Spring 2017

Joel M. Bach, Ph.D.


Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Brown 269 (old Brown)


Required Textbook (available at the campus bookstore)

Basic Biomechanics of the Musculoskeletal System, 4th Edition.; M. Nordin and V. Frankel; ISBN 978-1609133351


Optional Textbook (not available in the bookstore, but easily found elsewhere)

The Anatomy Coloring Book (Kapit & Elson) ($15-$20)

Hollinshead's Functional Anatomy of the Limbs and Back  ($60)

Color Atlas of Human Anatomy ($50)

Just about any other anatomy text.



Students are expected to have taken (or get instructor permission)

DCGN241                             Statics

EGGN 315                            Dynamics (may be helpful, but not required)

EGGN 320                            Mechanics of Materials

EGGN 325 or BELS 325    Introduction to Biomedical Engineering



Exam 1


Exam 2











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Academic Honesty
It is acceptable for groups to work on the homework together.  However, all students must turn in individual homework (unless otherwise stated) and they must understand what they turn in.  Copying of solutions without understanding them is not allowed; if a student copies a solution and cannot explain it adequately this is considered academic dishonesty.  For computer exercises, each student is expected to generate his/her own solution (i.e. one cannot simply copy another personís computer solution and modify it slightly to make it look like it is your own work). 

During exams (both in-class and take-home), students must do 100 percent of the work on their own.  Exams may be open book, open notes, in which case no other reference sources are permitted.

Projects papers and presentations are expected to be original work.  Information must be quoted/referenced appropriately. may be used to look for evidence of plagiarism. 

The consequences for academic dishonesty at the Colorado School of Mines are severe and can lead to expulsion. 


Topics to be covered

This course is intended to provide engineering students with an introduction to musculoskeletal biomechanics.  At the end of the semester, students should have a working knowledge of the special considerations necessary to apply engineering principles to the human body.  The course will focus on the biomechanics of injury since understanding injury will require developing an understanding of normal biomechanics.  Some of the specific topics to be covered include:


Functional anatomy of the musculoskeletal system

Natural biomaterials and mechanics

Statics, kinematics, and kinetics as applied to the musculoskeletal system

Injury, prevention, repair







For additional information contact Dr. Bach at or 303-384-2161

  Last updated:  Wednesday, January 11, 2017