Physics Students Present at Local Conference

Physics Students Present at Local Conference

April 30, 2015

This Spring students who one day hope to be tomorrow's athletic trainers, exercise physiologists, physical therapists or strength and conditioning coaches had the chance to present their real-life physics projects at the New England Section of the American Physical Society Conference in Boston.

The conference presentations reflect an approach in the classroom where students work on short projects related to physical concepts where they solve a real world problem.

Among the projects presented during the conference held in April 2015 were The Effect of Person's Height on Projected Soccer Ball Throw, How a Runner's Velocity and Acceleration Affected by Types of Shoes and Physics of a Lacrosse Shot.

"It is critical for students in these majors to understand the principles of physics which underlie the field of biomechanics, how to read research literature in the field, and to critically review the research methodology used," said Lasell lecturer Dipti Sharma.

According to Sharma, the projects are an example of project based learning for health science students involving real time data gathering and video analysis, and graphing software.

The full list projects and the students and faculty involved are below:
The Effect of Person's Height on Projected Soccer Ball Throw, Alice O'Connor, Erin Smith, Caitlin Greco, Kim Farah and Dipti Sharma
Physics of a Lacrosse Shot, Jorge Salazar, Derek Marshall, Cassandra Berger, Kenneth Altshuler, Kim Farah and Dipti Sharma
Cheerleading and Dance Jumps, Jazmine Johnson, Victoria Figueroa, Kim Farah and Dipti Sharma
What is the Effect of an Anaerobic versus Aerobic Cardiovascular Warm up on Power Generation? Michael Miranda, Michael Omiecki, Kenneth Altshuler, Kim Farah and Dipti Sharma
Force Production during Pressing Barbell, Nick Woodward, Nick DiVerdi, Kenneth Altshuler, Kim Farah and Dipti Sharma
How a Runner's Velocity and Acceleration Affected by Types of Shoes, Tyler Davis, Michael Miranda, Kyle Greene, Kim Farah and Dipti Sharma

Abstracts for the projects are also published online: http://meetings.aps.org/Meeting/NES15/Session/B5.10/11/12/13/14/15