Physics in motion : [an honors thesis (HONRS 499)]

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dc.contributor.advisor Worcel, H. Michael en_US Reinhardt, Sarah E. en_US 2011-06-06T19:19:20Z 2011-06-06T19:19:20Z 2004 en_US 2004
dc.identifier.other A-292 en_US
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this thesis is to demonstrate how some of the simplest concepts in physics affect us in our everyday life, but not just anyone, in particular dancers. Dancers will complete combinations across the floor without really thinking about how they accomplish them. They learn the combination and apply the correct technique to each movement. It is common in dance for certain steps to inevitably go together in certain types of combinations. The dancers don't realize that the reason this is done is to cancel out or create forces and momentum as needed for a given combination. I will be addressing this very topic. While with the acquisition of data that I measured it is possible to "plug and chug" the numerical values into force equations and get out a number, the number is not really that important. It is very hard to attach a significance to the idea of experiencing 4000 lbs. of force. The number, although useful for physicists, is not as important as the theory behind the forces themselves. It is sometimes possible to attach a physical meaning to a concept in physics. One example would be what physicists refer to as the normal force but what everyone else terms weight. So with a slight introduction into the laws of physics I hope that dancers will better understand how their movements relate to each other. For anyone else I hope to introduce a window into the realm of physics and ballet.
dc.description.sponsorship Honors College
dc.format.extent 1 v. : ill. ; 30 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Physics. en_US
dc.title Physics in motion : [an honors thesis (HONRS 499)] en_US
dc.type Undergraduate senior honors thesis Thesis (B.?.)
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    Honors theses submitted to the Honors College by Ball State University undergraduate students in partial fulfillment of degree requirements.

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