Resources and community for teaching physics for life sciences
Living Physics Portal Team
Pedagogical Methods Used
Peer Instruction / Think-Pair-Share, Collaborative problem-solving, Context-rich problems, Ranking tasks, SCALE-UP / studio / workshop physics, Modeling Instruction, Tutorials
Life Sciences Focus
Mostly macro- and microscopic biology as contexts for studying how physics plays a role.
Education Research and Pedagogy Expertise
Deep qualitative studies into students' experiences in introductory physics utilizing longitudinal case studies.
Years teaching physics for life sciences
Describe the courses that you teach for life sciences students
(Briggs Life Science Studio) BLiSS Physics I & II
What is your approach to teaching physics for life science students?
I believe that students will see through flimsy layers of context. To truly engage students and to impact their beliefs about the relevance of physics, instruction must be authentically motivated and connected to students' lives.
Diffusion Model through Conservation of Momentum and EnergyIn-class activity, Lab, Instructor supplement, Restricted access
A sequence of activities to build a simulation of diffusion from principles of elastic collisions.
Cellular Dynamics, Cellular Interactions
Conservation of Energy, Conservation of Linear Momentum, Collisions in One Dimension, Collisions in Two Dimensions, Diffusion, Brownian Motion
BLiSS Physics - Investigating Electric Potential SequenceLab, Instructor supplement, In-class activity
Two lab sequence exploring electric potential from the microscopic to macroscopic
Charge, Electric Field, Electrostatic Potential and Potential Energy