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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PHYS 109 - Physics of Dance

In Physics of Dance, students will explore the connections between the art of dance and the science of physics. Students will learn physics principles as they apply to the movement of the human body.  During lab practice, students will move and dance, then analyze that motion from a scientific perspective. PHYS 109 and DNCE 109 are cross-listed courses; a student may not receive credit for both.

Prerequisite: eligible to enroll in MATH 101.

Credits: (4)

General Education Category: K7 - Physical & Natural World

General Education Pathways: P2 Health & Well-being

Learner Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Apply important physics principles such as position, velocity, acceleration, balance, torque and angular motion to the realm of dance and motion of the human body
  • Analyze and interpret data to make meaningful connections to how the data corresponds to motions of the body
  • Apply physics of movement principles in order to predict ways to increase the rate of success for turns, leaps, and other dance steps
  • Compare dance/movement experiences with the physics and math that describe those movements
  • Explore how the experiential feeling of dance/movement can be related to physics principles

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Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
Fall Locations: Ellensburg

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