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Mariano Garcia
01-23-2001, 01:45 PM
Anatol Feldman wrote:

I also disagree with Yildirim Hurmuzlu^s suggestion that locomotion
is a limit cycle. A specific case of locomotion - a single step - is not
a periodic process, which conflicts with the notion of limit cycle.
During continuous walking or running, a state variable - the position of
the body in space - changes monotoniously, which also conflicts with the
notion of limit cycle. If you consider only relative motion of the body
segments you may reduce the phenomenon of locomotion to a limit cycle
but in this case you ignore the explanation of the most important aspect
of locomotion - the displacement of the body in the environment.


Mariano Garcia responds:

If this were true, then one would expect people to walk much differently
on treadmills than they do on a hard surface, which is probably not true.

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