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  Session: Education Research at the Boundary of Physics and Biology
  Paper Type: Invited
  Title: Introductory Physics in Biological Context
  Meeting: 2013 Summer Meeting: Portland, Oregon
  Location: N/A
  Time: 4:30PM
  Author: Catherine H. Crouch, Swarthmore College
6103288386, ccrouch1@swarthmore.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: Physics is an increasingly important foundation for today's life sciences and medicine (hereafter "the life sciences"). However, the physics content and ways of thinking identified by life scientists as most important for these fields are often not taught, or underemphasized, in traditional algebra-based college physics courses. Furthermore, such courses rarely give students practice using physics to understand the life sciences in a substantial way. Consequently, students are unlikely to recognize the value of physics to their chosen fields, or to develop facility in applying it to biological systems. In this talk I will present common themes among reformed introductory physics for the life sciences (IPLS) courses that are organized around significant life science applications of physics, describe the guiding pedagogical principles and the process of developing and implementing such courses, present initial assessment data, and identify directions for further development and research.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: Crouch_SessionBF_IPLS.pdf

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