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Nancy Donaldson

Pedagogical Methods Used

Peer Instruction / Think-Pair-Share, Collaborative problem-solving, Conceptually-oriented activities, Context-rich problems, Project-based learning, Guided inquiry, SCALE-UP / studio / workshop physics, Modeling Instruction, Mathematically-focused activities, Experimentally-focused activities

Life Sciences Focus

Physics of Medicine Curriculum Development for pre-med and pre-health students: Physics of the Respiratory System, Physics of the Cardiovascular System, Fiber Optics in Medicine, and Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences

Education Research and Pedagogy Expertise

Introductory and Intermediate Physics of Medicine Active Learning Curriculum Development

Years teaching physics for life sciences

15

Describe the courses that you teach for life sciences students

Our university has developed a Physics of Medicine Major designed to deepen students physics understanding as related to medicine and healthcare. Our courses are conducted in a studio format with hands-on, active learning curriculum. Core Major courses include Physics of the Body I and II, Physics of Medical Imaging, Optics in Medicine and Statistics for the Health Sciences. Prior to entering the Physics of Medicine Major, students complete one year of Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences.

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1-D Motion in the Human Body - Biomedically Relevant Introductory Physics (BMP)

Instructor supplement, Restricted access, In-class activity, Video, Pre-class assignment, Homework, Student reading, Lecture materials, Exam problem
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Engage your students in this first chapter of an active learning, fully ADAPTABLE, biomedically relevant introductory physics curriculum.

Biomechanical, Physical Therapy, Exercise Science, Locomotion and Gait, Kinesiology, Exercise Biomechanics, Biomechanics of Daily Activities

Position & Displacement, Velocity, Acceleration, Gravitational Acceleration, Moving Reference Frames

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Mayuri Gilhooly

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Forces Acting in the Human Body Biomedically Relevant Introductory Physics (BMP)

Instructor supplement, Restricted access, In-class activity, Video, Pre-class assignment, Homework, Student reading, Demonstration, Clicker question, Exam problem
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Engage your pre-health students with forces and applications of Newton's Laws as they pertain to the body!

Biomechanical, Dentistry and Orthodontia, Physical Therapy, Exercise Science, Assistive Devices, Healthy Musculoskeletal Function, Musculoskeletal Injury/Disorders, Locomotion and Gait, Kinesiology, Exercise Biomechanics, Biomechanics of Daily Activities, Injury and Injury Prevention

Measuring Inertia, Inertia at Rest, Inertia in Motion, Force & Acceleration, Interacting Objects, Action/Reaction, Recoil, Center of Gravity, Equilibrium, Resolution of Forces, Friction, Pressure, Universal Gravitation

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Mayuri Gilhooly

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Physics of the Cardiovascular System - Five Section Module

Instructor supplement, Restricted access, In-class activity, Lecture materials, Lab, Demonstration, Pre-class assignment, Homework, Student reading
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Student-Centered Module on Mechanics of the Cardiovascular System in Health and Disease

Elasticity, Healthy Cardiovascular Function, Cardiovascular Disorders

Force of Surface Tension, Static Pressure, Atmospheric Pressure, Measuring Pressure, Flow Rate, Bernoulli's Principle, Hagen-Poiseuille Equation, Viscosity, Turbulent and Streamline Flow

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Charles Gosselin

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