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Abstract Title: Understanding How Students Use Physical Ideas in Introductory Biology Courses
Abstract: The University of Maryland Biology and Physics Education Research
Groups are investigating students' views about the role of physics in
introductory biology courses. The Bio 2010 report emphasized the value of integrating physics, mathematics, and chemistry into the
undergraduate biology curriculum. This poster presents data from an
introductory course that addresses the fundamental principles of
organismal biology. This course incorporates several topics directly
related to physics, including thermodynamics, diffusion, and fluid
flow. We examine pre- and post-attitude survey, interview, and class
observation data to establish how students consider and employ these
physical ideas in the context of their biology course. These results
have broad implications as physics instructors consider reforms to
meet the interdisciplinary challenges of Bio 2010.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Jessica Watkins
University of Maryland, College Park
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Kristi Hall, University of Maryland, College Park
E.F. Redish, University of Maryland, College Park
Todd J. Cooke, University of Maryland, College Park