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Can conservation of momentum be used in Biological Systems like cells? If yes, where?

  1. Apr 21, 2010 #1

    I have been reading I.L. Bird's textbook on transport phenomenon for a while now, which deals with the topic of Momentum SHell Balances and such.

    It basically works on the concept of...

    [rate of Momentum in by convective transport] + [rate of momentum in by molecular transport] - [rate of momentum out by molecular transport] - [rate of momentum out by convective transport] + force of gravity acting on the system = 0

    I know that all of this has been applied to flow processes and everything... but is there a good biological system whose analysis involves this fundamental equation? I am talking of anything - cells/cell transport/mitochondria/lungs/livers/kidneys/ you get the drift!

    Please let me know about this!!!
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