Welcome to Exercise Science 365. The primary objective of this class is to help you better understand, recognize, and appreciate how mechanics (forces and corresponding motions) influence everyday human motion, especially motion that occurs during sport and exercise. I also sincerely hope that you will be able to think, speak, and write more clearly, as a result of your full participation in this class. The concepts that we will discuss in this class will include force, torque, linear and angular motion, fluid mechanics, and some mechanical properties of bone, muscle, and connective tissue. Specific learning objectives that relate to each of the aforementioned mechanical concepts are presented on the corresponding web pages. To borrow a few words from the BYU mission statement, I sincerely hope that this course will contribute to a period of intensive learning, where a commitment to excellence is expected.
Measurements: Many different biomechanical measures will be discussed in this class.
Principles: You will gain an increased understanding and appreciation for mechanical principles that relate to human motion during sport and exercise. You will better understand how various mechanical principles interact with each other, and how these interactions affect the human body during sport and exercise.
Calculations: To better understand human motion and forces that cause human motion, a simple understanding of algebra and trigonometry will be required. If you not confident with basic algebra and/or trigonometry, you should study this math review as soon as possible. You can find the answers to the problems on the last page of the math review here.