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Scholars Day 2008, Wednesday, April 9

The Mechanics of Running

Running is a very complicated set of movements, and is almost impossible to be exactly described using classical mechanics. Much can be learned by studying the mechanics of how humans run. My goal is to break down the elementary movements of running in a simple way that can be generally applied and understood by the general public using classical mechanics. Looking at the maximum speed a person can achieve and the average speed of a person can tell a lot about their fitness level. Applications of running analysis can range from Olympic athletes training regiments to preventing injuries to the average person. In this age where everyone is concerned with their health and fitness level running is becoming a popular activity for people trying to stay in shape. Any information that can help them stay in shape, prevent injuries, and aid in their quest for health is valuable information.

Presenter: Steven Reiss (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Physics
Location: Fireside Lounge, Seymour Union
Time: 9:15 am (Session I)