20.430J | Fall 2015 | Graduate
Fields, Forces, and Flows in Biological Systems


Reading assignments are from the required course textbook:

Grodzinsky, Alan. Field, Forces and Flows in Biological Systems. Garland Science, 2011. ISBN: 9780815342120. [Preview with Google Books]


Chapter 1: Chemical Transport in Electrolyte Media

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Diffusive Flux and Continuity

1.3 A Molecular View of Diffusion


Chapter 1: Chemical Transport in Electrolyte Media

1.4 Chemical Reactions: Some Common Examples

1.5 Boundary Conditions and Boundary Value Problems

1.6 Diffusion and Chemical Reactions

1.7 Problems


Chapter 2: Electric Fields and Flows in Electrolyte Media

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Laws of Electromagnetism

2.3 Maxwell’s Equations in Media: Polarization, Magnetization, and Conduction

  • Subsection 2.3.1
  • Subsection 2.3.4

2.5 The Quasistatic Approximations

Subsection 2.5.1

2.6 EQS and MQS Boundary Value Problems in Biological Systems


Chapter 2: Electric Fields and Flows in Electrolyte Media

2.7 Electric Fields and Currents in Conducting Biological Systems


Chapter 3: Electrochemical Coupling and Transport

3.1 Ion Transport in a Binary Electrolyte

3.4 Donnan Equilibrium and the Donnan Potential: Charged Membranes and Tissues in Equilibrium


Chapter 5: Newtonian Fluid Mechanics

5.1 Introduction

5.4 Inviscid, Incompressible Flow: Bernoulli’s Equation

5.6 Plane, Fully Developed Flow of Incompressible, Viscous Fluids; Low-Reynolds-Number Flow


Chapter 5: Newtonian Fluid Mechanics

5.11 Diffusion Boundary Layers

Chapter 7: Rheology of Biological Tissues and Polymeric Biomaterials

7.5 Poroelastic Behavior of Biomaterials: Theories and Experiments


Chapter 6: Electrokinetics: MEMS, NEMS, and Nanoporous Biological Tissues

6.1 Introduction

6.2 Electrocapillary and Electrokinetic Phenomena

6.3 Electroosmosis and Streaming Potentials in Charged, Porous Membranes and Tissues