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Workshop: Project-based Learning for Introductory Physics for Life Science

February 18, 2017 from 1:00pm - 5:00pm Eastern Time
AAPT Meeting in Atlanta, GA

Project-based learning is particularly valuable for life or health science students as it gives them the experience of recognizing and applying physics in biological scenarios of most interest to them. It can be the vehicle by which the student can pose meaningful inquiry about the physical mechanisms underlying biological or biomedical processes, and make conceptual and mathematical models with articulated limitations for living scenarios. They can analyze data from their self-designed experiments or from literature searches, and with modeling can calculate results for which biological inference can be made. In this workshop you will go through the process of deciding the appropriate learning outcomes, project guidelines, and associated assessment strategies for your particular student population and format, as well as explore many examples of IPLS student projects.