# HK 376 Biomechanics Course Syllabus

Mechanics

Oct 24, 2013 (4 years and 6 months ago)

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HK 376 Biomechanics

Course Syllabus

Department of Human Kinetics

Saint Francis Xavier University

Instructor:

Dr.
Sasho MacK
enzie

email:
smackenz@stfx.ca

Office:

Room 211,
Exercise Science Centre

Office
hours:

Tuesday 1

2:3
0 pm
; Friday 1
-
2:30 pm

Course Time
:

A

Block

[Monday

8:15 Tuesday

10:15 Thursday

9:15]

Web page:

http://people.stfx.ca/smackenz/

Text:

McGinnis, Peter M., Biomech
anics of Sport and Exercise 2
nd

Ed.

Course Objectives:

a.

To encourage students in biomechanics to develop an analytical problem solving approach
that utilizes a systematic chain of reasoning based on the premises established by Newton.

b.

To provide the mech
anical information necessary to enable the student to objectively
criticize the sport technique involved in any athletic event which the student may one day
have to teach or coach. Specifically, the student will be required to:

i)

understand and be able to a
pply Newton’s three laws of motion as they apply to
human movement.

ii)

understand and be able to apply the ‘free body diagram’ concept to the analyses of
human movement.

Evaluation:

Midterm

#1

20

%

Tuesday, October
9

Midterm

#2

20

%

Monday
, November
12

Labs/Assignments

15

%

Final Exam

45

%

Total

100 %

C
ourse Content
:

Labs

(Exercise Science Centre Room 123)

1.

Mathematics Refresher

-

September 1
0

2.

Free Body Diagrams #1

-

September
1
7

3.

Free Body Diagrams #2

-

September 2
4

4.

Ground Reaction Forces (Force Plate)

-

October
1

5.

Muscle Mechanics

-

October
22

6.

Calculation of Moments

-

October 29

7.

Determining the Center of Gravity of the Human Body

-

November
5

8.

Angular Momentum and Gyroscopic Motion

-

November
19

If your overall average is >50%, but you fail the Final
Exam (< 50%), then your Final Exam mark will be
recorded on your transcript. You must pass the Final

Class
es

(
order may va
ry
)

1.

September
6

Introduction to Class

2.

September 1
0

Linear Kinematics

-

Chapter 2

3.

September 1
1

N
3

Angular hinematics

-

Cha灴er S

September
17

hinematic dra灨ing

September 2
0

Free Body Diagrams

-

Chapter 1

6.

September 2
4

2
5

cricti潮

-

Cha灴er N

September
2
7

Newton’s Laws and
Bi潭echa湩cs

-

Cha灴er 3
Ⱐ,

October
1

Newton’s Second Law

††††††††††††
-

Cha灴er 3

October
2

Impulse

-

Chapter 3

10.

October
4

Projectile Motion

-

Chapter 2

11.

October
9

Midterm #1

12.

October 1
1

Impacts: Coefficient of Restitution et al.

-

Chapter 3

13.

October 1
5

Midterm #1 Review

14.

October 1
6

Springs and Hooke’s Law

-

Cha灴er 4

ㄵN

October
18

Work
-
Energy Theorem

-

Chapter 4

16.

October 2
2

Muscle Mechanics

-

Chapter 11

17.

October 2
3

Introduction to Torque

-

Chapter 5

18.

October 2
5

ptatic
b煵ili扲i畭

-

Cha灴er 5

ㄹN

October 30

Muscle Moments

-

Chapter 5

20.

November
1

Levers

21.

November
5

Center of Gravity

-

Chapter 5

22.

November
6

Moment of Inertia

-

Chapter 7

23.

November
8

Angular
Momentum

-

Chapter 7

24.

November
12

Midterm #2

25.

November 1
3

Twisting

26.

November
1
5

Midterm #2 Review

27.

November
19

Gyroscopic Motion (Precession)

28.

November 2
0

Angular Momentum and
Stability

29.

November 2
2

Fluid Mechanics: Buoyancy

-

Chapter

8

30.

November
2
6

Dynamic Fluid Forces

-

Chapter 8

31.

November 2
7

Lift

-

Chapter 8

32.

November 29

Applying Biomechanics to Research

Assignments

Six assignments will be administered. Students are only permitted to ask clarification
questions regarding the assignments.
Neither the Lab
Instructor

nor the
Professor

will
provide any help with assignments prior to their evaluation.

After the assignment
has
been evaluated we will be more than happy to help you with an assignment problem. If
,

in
doing an assignment
,

you realize that you don’t understand a concept, then the onus is on you
to ask general questions regarding the concept without referring to t
he assignment.