Resources and community for teaching physics for life sciences
Living Physics Portal Team
Pedagogical Methods Used
Peer Instruction / Think-Pair-Share, Collaborative problem-solving, Conceptually-oriented activities, Context-rich problems, Guided inquiry, Mathematically-focused activities, Experimentally-focused activities, Tutorials
Life Sciences Focus
I've worked on curricula related to random motion and entropy, fluid dynamics in living systems, the second law of thermodynamics and free energy, magnetic sensing and NMR/MRI, and modeling cellular and neural systems.
Education Research and Pedagogy Expertise
I'm particularly interested in questions of affect and engagement: how do the tasks we choose and the manner in which we implement them affect life science students' interest and engagement in intro physics?
Years teaching physics for life sciences
Describe the courses that you teach for life sciences students
I teach a two-semester introductory physics course targeting life science and biochemistry students: Introductory Physics with Biochemical and Biomedical Applications
What is your approach to teaching physics for life science students?
My goal is to leverage students' backgrounds in biology and chemistry by exploring contexts for which those backgrounds are relevant, and to be explicit about the ways in which fundamental physics informs those disciplines.
The NEXUS Physics Wikibook Printable Version (ver 0.8)Remote Learning, Instructor supplement, Student reading, Pre-class assignment
A free set of readings for a one year IPLS course. Available as a PDF file or as free webpages. (version 0.8)
Cross-cutting Biological Concepts
Motion in One Dimension, Motion in Two Dimensions, Newton's First Law, Newton's Second Law, Newton's Third Law, Applications of Newton's Laws, Work and Energy, Linear Momentum, Electrostatics, Electric Fields and Potential, Capacitance, Resistance, DC Circuits, Surface Tension, Statics of Fluids, Geometrical Optics, Interference, Oscillations, Wave Motion, Second and Third Law, Probability, Ensembles, Diffusion
Introduction to the ElectrocardiogramStudent reading, Instructor supplement, Clicker question, Lecture materials, Lab, Homework
Fluid dynamics with applications to cardiologyHomework, Instructor supplement, In-class activity, Clicker question, Lecture materials, Pre-class assignment
Fluid dynamics in the context of normal and diseased physiology in the human cardiovascular system
Cardiovascular Disorders, Healthy Cardiovascular Function
Flow Rate, Bernoulli's Principle, Hagen-Poiseuille Equation, Viscosity
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