# Angular distance question - how to solve

1. May 20, 2016

### pennywise1234

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during knee flexion of a squat phase the knee moves from 180 degrees to 95 degrees. if you perform 10 complete squats what is the total angular distance (in radians and in degrees), undergone at the knee?

anyone know how to solve this one? can you explain

2. May 20, 2016

### Replusz

If I understood it correctly:
-If you pay regard to the sign, then 0deg and 0rad.
-If you only count one direction, then 10*(180-95)=850deg=14,84 rad.

3. May 20, 2016

### pennywise1234

that is the answer i got, but the answer key has 1700 degrees for total distance and 29.67 rad. so i was not sure if i was missing something here.

4. May 20, 2016

### pennywise1234

here is the sheet if you want to look it

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5. May 20, 2016

### Replusz

Then they calculated both directions, without looking at the signs. Yes, this is indeed the third possibility :)

6. May 20, 2016

### pennywise1234

but why calculate both directions? so in essence, it is 850 x 2 = 1700. Do you know when you have to calculate both directions?

7. May 20, 2016

### Replusz

I don’t know… really… I only know the physics part… Probably if you want to calculate how much your knee was ‘used’

8. May 20, 2016

### SammyS

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This is the angular analog of linear distance.

If you walk 1 mile to the store and then back home every day for a week, what is the total distance you walk?

You count the distance both there and back, and then add those for 7 days.