Document Type

Non-Art Poster

Publication Date

Winter 1-2017


Does your introductory physics laboratory experiment that analyzes the human arm as a lever assume an inflexible wrist? If so, the analysis of the biceps force required to perform a biceps curl will lead to results that contradict experience: one does not expect the required biceps force to decrease as the mass is raised. We will show that allowing for wrist flexion leads to agreement with empirical data: that the required force does increase as the mass is raised if the wrist angle is allowed to be optimal.