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Outline

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  • The Nature of Force

    Aspects of Force

    Resolution of Forces

    Composite Effects of Two or More Forces

  • Newton's Laws of Motion

    Law of Inertia

    Law of Acceleration

    Law of Reaction

  • Forces that Modify Motion

    Weight

    Contact Forces

    Elasticity and Rebound

    Fluid Forces

  • Free-Body Diagrams

  • Work, Power, and Energy

    Work

    Energy

  • The Analysis of Linear Motion

  • Laboratory Experiences

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Objectives

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At the conclusion of this chapter, the student should be able to:

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  1. Name, define, and use the following terms properly as they apply to linear motion: force, inertia, mass, weight, momentum, and impulse.

  2. Explain what is meant by the terms magnitude, direction, and point of application of force, and use these terms properly as they apply to internal and external forces.

  3. Explain the effect of specified changes in the magnitude, direction, and point of application of force on the motion state of a body.

  4. Define and give examples of the terms linear forces, concurrent forces, and parallel forces.

  5. Determine the magnitude, direction, and point of application of muscle forces in hypothetical situations in which specific muscles are considered in isolation.

  6. State Newton's laws as they apply to linear motion.

  7. Explain the cause-and-effect relationship between the forces responsible for linear motion and the objects experiencing the motion.

  8. Name and define the basic external forces responsible for modifying motion: weight, normal reaction, friction, elasticity, buoyancy, drag, and lift.

  9. Draw and analyze simple two-dimensional free-body diagrams in which all applicable external forces are properly accounted for.

  10. Explain the work–energy relationship as it applies to a body experiencing linear motion.

  11. Define and use properly the terms work, power, kinetic energy, and potential energy.

  12. Using the concepts that govern linear motion, perform a mechanical analysis of a selected motor skill.

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The Nature of Force

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Objects start moving when they are pushed or pulled, that is, when some type of force acts on them. Forces produce motion, stop motion, and prevent motion. They may increase speed, decrease speed, or cause objects to change direction. They may push or pull to cause motion or produce a net effect so that bodies remain stationary. Force is defined as that which pushes or pulls through direct mechanical contact or through the force of gravity to alter the motion of an object. It is the effect that one body has on another. The identification of forces that act to produce motion of the body or of an object is an important element of a kinesiological analysis.

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The action of a force may be internal or external. Internal forces are defined as forces exerted by bodies on other bodies within a defined system, whereas external forces are those exerted by bodies within an arbitrarily specified system on bodies outside the specified system. Internal forces cause differences in body shape, and external forces cause displacement of the ...

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