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  Session: Bringing Physics to Life
  Paper Type: Poster
  Title: The Physics of Human Performance: An IDEAL Lab
  Meeting: 2015 Summer Meeting: College Park, Maryland
  Location: N/A
  Time: 9:30AM
  Author: W. Blake Laing, Southern Adventist University
  Co-Author(s): Harold Mayer
  Abstract: Physics lab goes to the gymnasium, where students calculate the mechanical power required to walk on an inclined treadmill in watts and convert to units power used to measure human performance: VO2, and METs. Students learn how to use two linear regression models: the ACSM "walking equation" to estimate the actual power expenditure of walking and the Rockport 1 mile test to estimate their own VO2max. Students use models to prescribe exercise parameters for themselves and for two cases. The IDEAL lab collaboration is developing labs that are open, applied to life, and rigorously quantitative.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: 2015_AAPT_Poster_Treadmill.pdf

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