Fall 2012 On-Campus Day
INSTRUCTOR: Tony Leyland OFFICE: K8638
E-MAIL: [email protected]
PHONE: (778) 782-4338
COURSE WEBSITE: www.sfu.ca/~leyland FAX: (778) 782-3040
OFFICE HOURS: Monday & Wednesday 9-10 am (Monday 5:30-6 pm by appointment)
Students are welcome to meet me outside of office hours but I can make no guarantee
that I am available. In Kin 143 there is always some time after labs to ask questions.
Tuesdays and Thursdays when I am on campus for meetings or seminars are also
possibilities. Appointments are preferred as I work from home some days .
Course Prerequisites: KIN 142; PHYS 101 (or 120 or 125 or 140); MATH 151 or
154; MATH 152 or 155 (may be taken concurrently).
This course will cover the application of basic mechanics to human movement. It will
provide students with the basic understanding of how forces act on body segments and
how movements are produced. The subject matter in this course is relevant to
quantifying all forms of physical activity from activities of daily living, physically
challenged movement patterns, to, elite athletic performance. It also has applications in
medical settings, including rehabilitation and sports medicine.
The course objectives are to give students a good working knowledge of the application
of Newtonian mechanics to human movement and to help students realise the
importance of developing a quantifiable understanding of the mechanical response of
human physiological systems.
• Students will be taught the mechanical properties of human structure and function.
• Students will be taught to analyses human movement from a biomechanical
• Students will be taught both qualitative and quantitative analysis techniques and
the advantages and disadvantages of such analyses.
• Students will be taught how biomechanical knowledge can be effective in
ergonomics, exercise, rehabilitation programs and coaching sports activities.
Course Web Page
Page 1 of 4 Lecture Schedule
Lectures: Monday 4:30–5:20 pm & Wednesday 4:30–6:20 pm AQ3149
The course does not follow the text in an exact linear progrMany concepts
introduced in chapters 8 through 11 were taught in Phys101 and we will start with the
application of these concepts to the human bThe reading sequence below gives
you a very rough suggested progression of readings, and you may have to jump ahead
on occasions. You are responsible for reading the text and learning the material.
Tutorial time is available for you to ask questions about these chapters.
Week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Chapter 1 8 9 10 11 2 3 4 7
Only some sections of chapter 7 will be helpful and those page numbers will be provided
in the PowerPoint slides.
Copies of power point slides used in lectures and numerous biomechanical problems
with solutions will be available via the website: www.sfu.ca/~leyland .
Dates Lecture Topics
COURSE BUSINESS. Introduction. Qualitative versus quantitative
Sep-5 analysis. Introduction to problem solving. Mechanical Systems: Free
No Tutorials Week #1
Sep-10 Anthropometry for Biomechanical Modelling. Linear Kinematics: Data
Sep-12 Acquisition. Gait Analysis.
Sep-17 Linear Kinematics: Vectors/scalars, displacement, velocity &
Sep-19 acceleration. Differentiation & integration.
Sep-24 Linear Kinematics: Airborne motion (projectiles).
Sep-26 Angular Kinematics: Measurement of angles.
--- October 1 Midterm Exam #1 (50 minutes) ---
Oct-1 Angular Kinematics: Angular displacement, velocity & acceleration .
Relationship between athular and linear kinematics.
Oct-8 October 8 Thanksgiving -- No lecture
Oct-10 Linear Kinetics: Mass, force. Newton’s laws. Contact and non-contact
forces. Impulse, momentum.
Linear Kinetics: Impact, energy and power.
Oct-15 Angular Kinetics: Review of torque, rotational equivalents of Newton’s
Oct-22 Angular Kinetics: Centre of mass. Levers. Stability. Static and Dynamic
Oct-24 analysis. Angular concepts in power and energy.
Internal (Tissue and Segmental) Mechanics
--- October 29 Midterm Exam #2 (50 minutes) ---
Oct-29 Skeletal Mechanics. Injury mechanisms (acute and chronic)
Oct-31 Ligament injuries, how long to recoverBiomechanics of articulations
and connective tissue .
Page 2 of 4 Statutory holiday in lieu of Remembrance Day -- No lecture
Nov-12 Muscle mechanics . Length-tension, force-velocity