Activity 1B: Motion Commotion: A Station Lab


Investigating the physics of movement is essential to understanding how mobility is accomplished by our bodies. Students will apply basic physics and math to investigate the forces and motion of human movement in six station activities. 

    • Calculate their center of gravity, mass in kilograms and body mass index to investigate Newton's First Law of Motion
    • Use a goiniometer to determine range of motion
    • Measure their functional reach
    • Make indirect measurements of triceps, biceps, quadriceps and hamstring muscle strength
    • Calculate speed and acceleration and explain how they apply to human mobility
    • Perform balance and center of gravity shifts tests and explain how they are able to maintain balance 

    References Used:
    Fenn, W.O. 1957. The mechanics of standing on the toes. Am. J. Phys. Med. 36: 153-56.


      Motion, flexibility, muscle, endurance, joint, inertia, functional reach, speed, acceleration, balance

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        Mo-bility: Movement by the Numbers
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        Lesson 1: Motion Commotion: Physics of Movement