ME 481: Whole-Body Musculoskeletal Biomechanics

Class Description:

Exploration of the human musculoskeletal system with an emphasis on the whole-body or organism level; introduction to modeling and analysis techniques for examining human movement, such as rigid-body modeling techniques, forward and inverse dynamics, and Lagrangian mechanics; examination of current topics, such as orthopedic biomechanics, proshetics and orthotics, postural control, and locomotion; use of computerized motion-capture equipment and software to examine, simulate, and analyze human movement. Prerequisite: TAM 212 and TAM 251. Cross listed with BIOE 481.

3 Undergraduate hours and 3 or 4 Graduate Hours


1. Cursory review of musculoskeletal tissues (muscle, articular cartilage, ligament/tendon, and bone)

2. Analysis & measurement techniques for whole-body motions (such as motion capture systems, electromyography, accelerometers)

3. Dynamical analysis and modeling of movement: inverse dynamics, forward dynamics, Lagrangian mechanics

4. Application of these methods to examining current topics such as balance and postural control, whole-body motions and locomotion, orthopedic biomechanics and implants, prosthetics and orthotics.


ME: MechSE or technical elective.

EM: Possible secondary field, with approval.

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