ERIC Number: EJ1168982
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
The Behaviour of the Centre of Mass in a Ballerina While Performing a "Grand Jeté"
Dias, Marco Adriano; Carvalho, Paulo Simeão; Ventura, Daniel Rodrigues
Physics Education, v53 n2 Article 025009 Mar 2018
In sports, it is very common to see athletes performing jumps, where they impose rotations to their own bodies' elements and intentionally change their moment of inertia around the centre of mass (CM). When this occurs, weird effects are observed in the body's trajectories. In this work we study a jump called "Grand Jeté" of a ballerina, in which she moves her arms and legs to give the feeling that her body remains "floating" in the air for a long time. We use a computational model to calculate the position of the ballerina's CM during the jump and to explain quantitatively her motion in terms of a displacement of the CM in the ballerina's frame of reference, which enriches the study of the "Grand Jeté."
Descriptors: Motion, Human Body, Movement Education, Psychomotor Skills, Science Experiments, Teaching Methods, Athletics, Mathematical Applications
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