Physiology; Physics; Phoot

A CIBT Lab Exercise in Physiology



In this lab students will investigate the application of physical principles to a living organism. Students will analyze the foot and its function as a machine by applying lever mechanics to the "walking" foot. Analysis will incorporate anatomical terms for some of the muscles and bones involved in plantigrade motion.


Appropriate Levels

Life Science, High School, Honors, or Advanced Placement Biology. This level of the lab can be increased by covering more complex background material on Biomechanics.


Time Required

Two 45-minute periods are required to complete this laboratory exercise. This time will also include discussion of principles with your students.

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Young Hui Chang, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Sandra Latourelle, Ausable Valley Central High School, Clintonville, NY

Paul Reed, Chenango Valley High School, Binghamton, NY