Savilonis, Brian James
Vertical movement of the center of mass is wasted energy when walking. To evaluate this hypothesis a force plate and mathematical model were initially constructed. However due to manufacturing complications they were eliminated from the experimentation. Therefore, using only video capture and accelerometers we compared the subject's kinetic energy to their potential energy during both a normal and race walking gait to determine a subject's efficiency while walking. Upon comparing the two walking styles it has been determined that normal walking is more efficient then race walking.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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