Exercise: Indexing lists 1#

We measured some spatial parameters of gait using an instrumented walkway. This instrumented walkway stores the longitudinal distance between the origin and each heel strike in a list y, where each element corresponds to one heel strike, as shown in Fig. 3.7.

Fig. 3.7 Foot coordinates obtained via an instrumented walkway.#

We want to calculate the step length, which is the distance between one heel strike and the next one by the opposite foot. For a given participant, we recorded this y list:

# y-coordinates of each heel strike, in meters
y = [0.13, 0.72, 1.29, 1.93, 2.55, 3.12, 3.71, 4.34, 4.95, 5.56]

Write and test this function:

def calculate_step_length(y, step):
    Calculate the step length of a given step.

    y : list[float]
        A list of every heel strike's y coordinates for a given recording.
    step : int
        The index of the step we want to calculate, the first step being 0.

        The requested step length.
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def calculate_step_length(y, step):
    return y[step + 1] - y[step]

# Test it
print(calculate_step_length(y, 0))
print(calculate_step_length(y, 1))
print(calculate_step_length(y, 2))