Health, Physical Education And Recreation | Biomechanics of Human Performance (3 cr)
K630 | 6134 | Dapena
HPER K530 or permission of the instructor
Three 50-minute lectures each week
Jesus Dapena, Department of Kinesiology, HPER 071, 855-8407, e-mail address:
The Mechanics of Human Movement, by Bernard J. Hopper. American Elsevier,
1973 (required) The Biomechanics of Sports Techniques, 4th Ed., by James G.
Hay. Prentice-Hall, 1993
The Mechanics of Athletics, by Geoffrey Dyson. University of London Press,
Mid-term exam; comprehensive final exam
The course grade will be based on homework assignments (30%), mid-term exam
(30%) and final exam (40%).
This is an advanced biomechanics course directed primarily at Master's and
Ph.D. students specializing in Biomechanics.
Students should have had prior courses in Physics, Engineering Mechanics or
Biomechanics. The course is a Newtonian study of the linear and angular
kinematics and kinetics of the human body. It emphasizes an intuitive
understanding of mechanics, and is essentially qualitative, as opposed to
quantitative. (There is a complementary course, HPER K631, which is
primarily quantitative.) HPER K630 relies very much on the required
textbook by B.J. Hopper. The course meetings are used to discuss and
clarify the text. This leads to other topics that branch off from it; the
text serves as a stimulus for the development of discussions on intuitive
aspects of biomechanics.