Human Motion Kinetics


Credit Hours:


Learning Objective:

To apply a variety of advanced dynamics models to problems involving human movement and injury.


Study of kinetics related to human motion. Review of human anatomy and anthropometric data. Planar and three-dimensional kinematic analysis of gross human motion. Detailed kinematic studies of human joints. Newton-Euler methods for joint torques. Muscle force and power analysis. In addition, students will explore topics in advanced mechanics and engineering including: Hertz contact theory, functional optimization, cellular solids, and sensitivity analysis.
SP2016 Syllabus

Topics Covered:

Conservation of linear momentum; Work energy principles; Hertz Contact Theory; Conservation of angular momentum; Musculoskeletal anatomy and review of elementary statics and dynamics; OSHA lifting criterion, Overconstrained problems; Sensitivity/uncertainty analysis; Head injuries; JFK assassination; Car crashes; Muscle models; Designing shoes; Prosthetics; Locomotion; Knee injuries; Bullet-proof vests; Cellular solids and cushioning materials.


You should understand the concepts of friction, distributed forces, center of gravity, stress and strain, mechanical properties of materials - extension, torsion, and bending.

Applied / Theory:

40 / 60

Web Content:

Syllabus, some lecture notes, homework assignments and solutions.


1 per week (approximately 8-10 hours per week). Homework will be accepted via email at (must be in PDF format) .


None. **Subject to change.**


Two midterm exams and one final exam.


No required texts. Reference material will be provided.

Computer Requirements:

ProEd Minimum Computer Requirements, Matlab, Excel.

ProEd Minimum Requirements:


Tuition & Fees: