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written by Benjamin W. Dreyfus, Benjamin D. Geller, Vashti Sawtelle, Julia Svoboda, Chandra Turpen, and Edward F. Redish
Students' sometimes contradictory ideas about ATP (adenosine triphosphate) and the nature of chemical bonds have been studied in the biology and chemistry education literatures, but these topics are rarely part of the introductory physics curriculum. We present qualitative data from an introductory physics course for undergraduate biology majors that seeks to build greater interdisciplinary coherence and therefore includes these topics. In these data, students grapple with the apparent contradiction between the energy released when the phosphate bond in ATP is broken and the idea that an energy input is required to break a bond. We see that students' perceptions of how each scientific discipline bounds the system of interest can influence how they justify their reasoning about a topic that crosses disciplines. This has consequences for a vision of interdisciplinary education that respects disciplinary perspectives while bringing them into interaction in ways that demonstrate consistency amongst the perspectives
Physics Education Research Conference 2012
Part of the PER Conference series
Philadelphia, PA: August 1-2, 2012
Volume 1513, Pages 122-125
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10.1063/1.4789667
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0750616
1122818
PACSs:
01.40.-d
01.40.Fk
01.30.Cc
87.15.Fh
Keywords:
ATP, PERC 2012, biology education, chemical bonds, energy, interdisciplinary
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B. Dreyfus, B. Geller, V. Sawtelle, J. Svoboda, C. Turpen, and E. Redish, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, 2012, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12789&DocID=3324).
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B. Dreyfus, B. Geller, V. Sawtelle, J. Svoboda, C. Turpen, and E. Redish, Students' interdisciplinary reasoning about "high-energy bonds" and ATP presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, 2012, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12789&DocID=3324>.
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Dreyfus, B., Geller, B., Sawtelle, V., Svoboda, J., Turpen, C., & Redish, E. (2012, August 1-2). Students' interdisciplinary reasoning about "high-energy bonds" and ATP. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA. Retrieved August 23, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12789&DocID=3324
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Dreyfus, B, B. Geller, V. Sawtelle, J. Svoboda, C. Turpen, and E. Redish. "Students' interdisciplinary reasoning about "high-energy bonds" and ATP." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, August 1-2, 2012. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12789&DocID=3324 (accessed 23 August 2014).
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Dreyfus, Benjamin, Benjamin Geller, Vashti Sawtelle, Julia Svoboda, Chandra Turpen, and Edward F. Redish. "Students' interdisciplinary reasoning about "high-energy bonds" and ATP." Physics Education Research Conference 2012. Philadelphia, PA: 2012. 122-125 Vol. 1513 of PER Conference. 23 Aug. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12789&DocID=3324>.
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