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Biomechanics

Target Audience

    Upper division undergraduate majors in Exercise Science, Physical Education and Athletic Training.

Prerequisites

    Recommended: Physics

Course modules with online components:

  • Linear Kinematics and Projectile Motion (Completed)
  • Angular Kinematics
  • Linear Kinetics, Friction (Completed)
  • Linear Kinetics, Impulse and Momentum (Completed)
  • Linear Kinetics, Impact
  • Work, Energy, Power
  • Angular Kinetics, Torque (Completed)
  • Angular Kinetics, Moment of Inertia and Angular Momentum
  • Center of Mass (under development)
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Biomechanics of Selected Sports Events
  • Clinical Applications of Biomechanics, Gait
  • Biomechanics in the Work Place

Course Features

  • This is an introductory mechanical principles course pertinent to the understanding of human motion.  There is a lot of mechanics (physics) involved, and also some math.  Even though physics is recommended as a prerequisite the instructor assumes that the students have not had any prior courses in physics, and the level of mathematics assumed will be high-school algebra. Although the course deals both with biology and mechanics, there is a great emphasis on the mechanical basis of human sports and everyday motion.

  • We have designed a system of web-based cooperative problem sets that groups of students must complete and discuss on-line within a flexible time frame. These online problem-solving assignments are based on small group collaborations outside of class time, but without the constraints of simultaneous group meetings. Each on-line cooperative problem set is presented to the student as a web page using WeBWorK with the following components:
    • a brief theoretical foundation for the concept,
    • a description of the problem(s) in text form with graphics and/or videos as required,
    • a link to an on-line calculator,
    • a link to a basic equation set,
    • one or more work areas where the student supplies a short narrative explanation of each step of the solution and the derivation, and
    • a submission button that links the answers to a common discussion forum using OnCourse.
    • At this point, asynchronous discussions within the group are available, monitored and guided by an assistant instructor (each group's objective is to arrive at a problem set solution).
    • The final step is for each student to resubmit the problem set with his own comments.

    Instructor solutions are available to all students on-line after the deadline.

Course web page

(Selected web components are password protected. Contact the instructor below for permission.)


For Further Information, contact ...

  • Betty Haven, Dept. of Kinesiology, School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, Indiana University
    e-mail haven@indiana.edu

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