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Todd Cooke

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Life Sciences Focus

Education Research and Pedagogy Expertise

Years teaching physics for life sciences

Describe the courses that you teach for life sciences students

What is your approach to teaching physics for life science students?

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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

Edward Redish


Using mathematics in science

Student reading, Homework, Exam problem

Specific tools and activities that can help students build math-in-science skills

Molecular and Cellular Biology, Human and Animal Physiology

Classical Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, Oscillations & Waves, Thermo & Stat Mech, Electricity & Magnetism, Optics

Edward Redish


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