ANTH 501 / 601 / 690
THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
Instructor: Benjamin Auerbach, Ph.D.
Contact information: Office: 229 South Stadium Hall
Office hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 45 P.M., or by appointment
Time: Wednesdays, 5:45 8:30 P.M.
Location: 106 Humanities & Social Sciences Building
Course description: Biomechanics is the study of functional morphology. Broadly, in
biomechanical studies, we examine the activities of organisms--from bacteria to trees to
vertebrates--and attempt to understand the physical properties that allow them to engage in
these behaviors. The literature in this subject is replete with examinations of the material
properties of solid materials (e.g., the stiffness of wood, or the strength of bone), both statically
or dynamically, as well as the movement of liquids through organisms or of organisms through
liquids (including air).