HST.542J / 2.792J / 20.371J / 6.022J Quantitative Physiology: Organ Transport Systems

As taught in: Spring 2004

Schematic cutaway of human heart and torso.

Electrocardiography provides visibility into the heart's electrical activity, helping doctors diagnose a wide range of cardiac abnormalities. For example, a blockage in the right bundle branch of the intraventricular conduction system (inset) produces a particular set of characteristic ECG signals. (Figure by MIT OCW.)

Level:

Undergraduate

Instructors:

Prof. Jose Venegas

Prof. Roger Mark

Course Features

Course Description

This course elaborates on the application of the principles of energy and mass flow to major human organ systems. It discusses mechanisms of regulation and homeostasis. It also discusses anatomical, physiological, and pathophysiological features of the cardiovascular, respiratory, and renal systems. There is emphasis on those systems, features, and devices that are most illuminated by the methods of physical sciences.