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08-28-1997, 01:50 AM
-- [ From: Antony Hodgson * EMC.Ver #2.5.02 ] --


I will be teaching an introductory biomechanics course in the spring term to
fourth year mechanical engineers. The purpose of this course is to give the
engineers a sense of how their analytical and quantitative training equips
them to contribute to a team working on biomechanical problems. I would
like to get your suggestions on two matters:

1. Textbook: I would like to find a textbook that has a quantitative bent
on issues such as data filtering, analysis of 6D motion, tissue forces,
ergonomics, anthropometrics, etc. I'm currently inclining towards using
David Winter's "Biomechanics and Motor Control of Human Movement", but I
would welcome other suggestions, particularly if you have successfully used
another book to teach engineers.

2. Case Studies: I would also like to give my students assignments which
are representative of problems which engineers have actually faced in
research, in the clinic or in industry as part of a multidisciplinary
biomechanics team; this will help my students understand more clearly the
contributions they can make. I would very much appreciate receiving short
descriptions of the tasks an engineer was given, as well as the context in
which the work was done. If anyone else is seeking to develop similar case
studies for their own courses, I would be happy to share and/or trade the
assignments I develop.

Thanks for any help you can give me.

Antony Hodgson
Mechanical Engineering Department
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z4