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ENGG 166 - Quantitative Human Physiology


This is a comprehensive review of the integrated functions of cells, organs, and systems of the human body, focusing both on physiology and quantitation. The hierarchy of systems is reviewed with basic explanation as well as function-based analysis. The educational goal is to acquire a working knowledge of most major body systems, and an expert level ability for quantitative modeling and measurement of their function. The foundations of physiology are reviewed in terms of flow and action from pressure-driven, electrical potential forces, chemical free energy, intermolecular forces, concentration and diffusion. Detailed sections on cellular membranes, energy cycles, action potentials, nervous system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, renal physiology, gastrointestinal and endocrine physiology are reviewed. The class culminates in a detailed look at anatomy and imaging features as related to the functional physiology. Students are active instructors in the class, with weekly presentations expected.


ENGS 22 or equivalent; BIOL 12 or BIOL 14 or ENGS 30; ENGS 23 or MATH 23 or PEMM 101


Location / Method
Term: Spring 2022
Time: 2A

Thayer Faculty