Date of Award

Spring 2012

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science



First Advisor

Joseph L. Palladino


The heart is a complex electro-mechanical system which is intrinsically and intimately linked to physiology and pathology. Cardiac muscle tissue underlies the dynamics of the heart; understanding cardiac muscle tissue allows insight into the working of the heart at a fundamental level. Indeed, models allow a theoretical understanding of systems which necessarily exceeds that of experiment. Here, we describe a novel mathematical model of cardiac muscle mechanics based on functional relations.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering.