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Abstract

The purpose of this experiment is to measure the acceleration of the foot, the waist, the chest, and the forehead during various movements.

Introduction

Acceleration is the change of velocity over time. In order to accelerate an object, in this case the body parts, one must use a force to bring about the change in movement. More force equals more acceleration, and each movement requires a different amount of force to perform. Therefore movements that require more force to perform will have a greater acceleration. Acceleration can be easily measured by an accelerometer.

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Procedure

Analysis

The following graphs show the acceleration perturbations of some daily activities. (Click to enlarge.)

This data shows the acceleration of several parts of the body during various movements. In order to find the maximum acceleration, we used the graphs for each movement.

Peak Accelerations (m/s2)
Body
Part
One Foot Jump Frog Jump Hop Jog Run Toe Lift Walk
Foot 56.15 56.15 56.41 29.57 56.41 3.648 11.82
Waist 34.02 54.39 33.77 21.5 41.44 6.176 4.105
Chest 45.87 54.54 36.99 28.82 54.96 5.841 2.454
Head 37.34 18.75 27.65 14.14 40.95 3.947 2.295

Conclusion

The red values indicate the maximum acceleration for each of the body parts, and indicates the movement that brought about the acceleration. The green values indicate the minimal acceleration for each body part, and indicates the movement that brought about the acceleration.

Peak Accelerations (m/s2)
Body
Part
One Foot Jump Frog Jump Hop Jog Run Toe Lift Walk
Foot 56.15 56.15 56.41 29.57 56.41 3.648 11.82
Waist 34.02 54.39 33.77 21.5 41.44 6.176 4.105
Chest 45.87 54.54 36.99 28.82 54.96 5.841 2.454
Head 37.34 18.75 27.65 14.14 40.95 3.947 2.295

Sources of Error

The accelerometer might not have been completely vertical, therefore making the reading less than if it was vertical. The movement of clothing while performing the activities could skew the data by either decreasing or increasing the acceleration.

James Kim, Maté Nagy -- 2006

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Haven't had enough of this topic? Check out the original 2005 entry on Acceleration Perturbations of Everyday Living.

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