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Joseph Vallillo RUID : 131008095 Friday Topic Paper 4 Biomechanics and Biomaterials The human body in its simplest form is a machine that follows the same principles that all mechanical and non-mechanical machines follow. The human body follows rigid body mechanics, such as statics and dynamics, as well as deformable body mechanics. It can be explained with fluid dynamics of fluid and gases. Essentially all of applied mechanics can be directly translated into biomechanics. Take for example the musculoskeletal system. The muscles and bones that make up the system are analogous to various supports and joints that are used to describe rigid body statics. A muscle is in essence a two-force member support, while a hip is a ball and socket joint. The ability to treat the human body as a machine has allowed for the advancement of amazing biomedical applications. In America where obesity is a growing problem, it has caused increase in the number of people with hip problems, as the extra weight destroys the joint. The solution to serious hip joint problems
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