Document Type


Date of Award

Spring 5-31-2004

Degree Name

Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering - (M.S.)


Biomedical Engineering

First Advisor

H. Michael Lacker

Second Advisor

William Corson Hunter

Third Advisor

Richard A. Foulds


Mathematical modeling, an evolving area in movement analysis research, couples quantitative measures of human motion with theoretical concepts in physiology and mechanics. Literature reveals two methods to solve for human motion problems, Forward and Inverse Mechanics. In this investigation, a new approach called the Boundaty Method is adopted to solve for human motion. This approach has the advantage of being able to solve for both new motions and the net muscular joint forces required to produce those motions but only at those discrete times and body configurations that are believed to be most crucial for accomplishing the task.

The method is applied to solve for the dynamic equations of motion governing a coupled double pendulum in 3 Dimensions.