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This book provides a clear and concise summary of the fluid dynamics of the locomotion of living organisms. The biological phenomena described in detail range from the swimming of bacteria and fish to the flying of insects and birds. The breadth of treatment requires the study of two basic fluid-dynamical regimes. In the first case, that of small organisms, the viscosity of the fluid is paramount in deciding the most effective swimming strategy. However, for larger insects, birds, and most fish, the viscosity of the air or water may be treated as if it were zero, and resulting mechanisms of propulsion are very different. Both these types are studied, with emphasis on the unsteady character of natural movements. Written for the advanced student, this volume assumes familiarity with basic fluid mechanics, although some elementary topics are included. It will be readily accessible to students of applied mathematics and biologists who have engineering or physics backgrounds.

Synopsis:

A clear and concise summary of the fluid dynamics of the locomotion of living organisms. The biological phenomena described in detail range from the swimming of bacteria and fish to the flying of insects and birds. It will be readily accessible to students of applied mathematics and biologists who have engineering or physics backgrounds.

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. General considerations; 2. The Stokesian realm; 3. Swimming of a sheet; 4. The biology of low-Reynolds-number locomotion; 5. Resistive-force theory of flagellar propulsion; 6. Analysis of the flagellum; 7. Ciliary propulsion; 8. The Eulerian realm: the inertial force; 9. The Eulerian realm: the vortex force; 10. The swimming of fish; 11. Some aspects of the aerodynamics of birds and insects; 12. Interactions; References; Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521280716
Preface:
Childress, Stephen
Author:
Childress, Stephen
Preface by:
Childress, Stephen
Preface:
Childress, Stephen
Author:
Hoppensteadt, F. C.
Author:
Segel, L. A.
Author:
Cannings, C.
Author:
Childress, Stephen
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
Cambridge :
Subject:
Science
Subject:
Applied
Subject:
Zoology
Subject:
Mathematical models
Subject:
Fluid dynamics
Subject:
Biophysics
Subject:
Navier-stokes equations
Subject:
Animal flight
Subject:
Animal flight -- Mathematical models.
Subject:
Animal swimming -- Mathematical models.
Subject:
Fluid dynamics -- Mathematical models.
Subject:
Animal swimming.
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biophysics
Subject:
Life Sciences - Zoology - General
Subject:
Animal flight--Mathematical models Animal fli
Subject:
Physics
Edition Description:
Bibliography: p. 149-152.
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Mathematical Biology
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
19810731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
168
Dimensions:
8.52x5.52x.58 in. .51 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , A clear and concise summary of the fluid dynamics of the locomotion of living organisms. The biological phenomena described in detail range from the swimming of bacteria and fish to the flying of insects and birds. It will be readily accessible to students of applied mathematics and biologists who have engineering or physics backgrounds.
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