Melissa Gross, Ph.D. -
The University of Michigan, Division of Kinesiology

Syllabus | Motion Analysis Projects


MVS 330 Course Description

The principles of classical mechanics are applied to the study of human motion to provide students with an understanding of the internal and external forces acting on the body during human movement. The role of muscle in generating force and controlling movement is emphasized. Students participate in a team project to compare the biomechanics of two motions by collecting and analyzing motion data. After completing this course, students will be able to describe motions of the body during typical activities, predict which muscles are responsible for controlling movement, quantify the forces acting on the body during movement, understand the limitations of different experimental and analytical techniques used to quantify human movement, interpret motion data accurately, and evaluate studies of human movement. Students will also learn the computer skills necessary to perform a biomechanical analysis of human movement.


MVS 330 Awards and Media Coverage

1998 Computerworld Smithsonian Award Program Laureate

UM Faculty Profile


Revised 9/99
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