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Human Motion Kinetics


Credit Hours:


Learning Objective:

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


Note:this course is co-listed with ME57700 which is also offered this semester. Either counts toward engineering credits but students in the BME concentration may need the BME section.
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.

Topics Covered:

Car crashes; swimming; Surfer wipe out; Football tackle; Ice skater spin/jump; Kicking a field goal; Skateboard ramps/jumps; Ski jumps; Diving; Ankle roll; Boxing; Martial arts-breaking boards; ACL tear; Mechanics of riding a bike; Carson Palmer knee injury; Achilles tendon rupture; Whiplash from seat belt; Boxing head trauma; Football ankle injury and turf interaction; Forces on the knee joints; Rock climbing forces; Impact on foot while running;


ME 270, ME 323 or equivalent

Applied / Theory:

Web Address:

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.


Official textbook information is now listed in the Schedule of Classes. NOTE: Textbook information is subject to be changed at any time at the discretion of the faculty member. If you have questions or concerns please contact the academic department.
Tentative: No Materials Required.

Computer Requirements:

ProEd Minimum Computer Requirements

Other Requirements:

Must be able to submit homeworks as PDF files. Matlab and Ansys.

ProEd Minimum Requirements: