Bulletin of the American Physical Society
APS March Meeting 2019
Volume 64, Number 2
Monday–Friday, March 4–8, 2019; Boston, Massachusetts
Session C60: Life, the Universe, and Everything: Teaching Biology to Physicists and Physics to Biologists
2:30 PM–5:30 PM,
Monday, March 4, 2019
BCEC Room: 258A
Sponsoring Unit: FED
Chair: Laurie McNeil, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Abstract: C60.00005 : Introductory Physics for Life Sciences: Design Principles, Resources, and Community*
4:54 PM–5:30 PM
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The Living Physics Portal will provide a state-of-the-art online platform for sharing and developing such curricula. It will allow instructors to find materials through a searchable interface with extensive implementation metadata. More importantly, it will allow those who are new to such courses to learn from experienced instructors about the special features and challenges of such courses; and it will allow those who develop materials, whether novices or experienced, to share their materials for feedback at an early stage, or submit them for consideration for a “vetted collection” for materials that have been extensively used and refined.
This talk will present the motivation for and research supporting the introductory physics for life sciences approach, followed by an introduction to the capabilities of the Portal.
1. C. H. Crouch, R. Hilborn, S. Amador Kane, T. McKay, and M. Reeves, “Physics for Future Physicians and Life Scientists: a moment of opportunity,” The Back Page, APS News 19(3) (March 2010), https://www.aps.org/publications/apsnews/201003/backpage.cfm.
2. Dawn C. Meredith and Edward F. Redish, “Reinventing introductory physics for life science majors,” Physics Today 66, 7, 38 (2013).
*The Living Physics Portal is funded by NSF (DUE #1624185); curriculum development and some research at Swarthmore funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (Science Education Grant to Swarthmore College); other research funded by NSF (DUE #1122941, #1710875) and Swarthmore College.
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