Apr 17, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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BE 411 - Biomechanics

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course is an introduction to the biomechanics of human movement, with applications to occupational, rehabilitation, forensic and sports biomechanics. Topics covered include kinematics; anthropometry; kinetics; mechanical work, energy, and power; synthesis of human movement; muscle mechanics; repetitive motion and low back injuries. (prereq: BI 2305  or BI 2306 , and ME 206 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Define the terms, anatomical axes, and planes associated with human movement
  • Understand the physiology associated with skeletal muscle contractions, strength evaluation, joint mechanics, energy requirements, and fatigue
  • Understand the principles and use of electromyography as a biomechanics research tool
  • Define the design and behavior of the instrumentation, transducers, force plates, etc. used to collect and process human movement data
  • Develop 2-D link-segment models from basic anthropometric and kinematic data
  • Obtain inverse solutions of joint moments and reaction forces from kinematic and force plate data
  • Design and conduct a human-movement based experiment to test a biomechanical problem and draw scientific conclusions.
  • Obtain knowledge of state-of-the-art solutions through peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings, and vendor websites, to analyze and solve contemporary open-ended problems.

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Knowledge of engineering statics, dynamics, and strength of materials
  • Human physiology and anatomy

Course Topics
  • Review of muscle physiology and skeletal anatomy
  • Principles and use of electromyography
  • Anthropometry
  • Measurement and use of anthropometic data for the development of link-segment models
  • Center of mass and stability
  • Joint motion
  • Linear and angular kinematics
  • Kinematics and kinetics of elbow flexion
  • Analysis of kinematic gait data
  • Development and use of 2-D link-segment models to estimate joint moments, reaction and compressive forces
  • Vertical jump height and force plates
  • Occupational biomechanics - NIOSH lifting equation, injury mechanisms

Dr. Ahmed Sayed

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