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Attitudes of Life Science Majors Towards Computational Modeling in Introductory Physics
written by Brandon R. Lunk and Robert J. Beichner
Biological and health care majors comprise one of the largest populations of students enrolled in physics courses each year. Because of this, there is a growing interest within the physics and biology communities to restructure the introductory physics courses for life science majors to better support the needs of these students. In this context, computational modeling could prove to be an accessible and compelling tool for exploring biologically and medically relevant phenomena within in the physics course. As a first step, we conducted an exploratory study to help us learn about life-science majors' attitudes towards programming. Our observations suggest that while these students held an apprehension towards programming, they appeared to be more receptive towards spreadsheets, suggesting that this tool could provide an accessible way to scaffold more rigorous computational modeling tasks in the classroom.
Physics Education Research Conference 2016
Part of the PER Conference series
Sacramento, CA: July 20-21, 2016
Pages 208-211
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Lunk, Brandon R., and Robert Beichner. "Attitudes of Life Science Majors Towards Computational Modeling in Introductory Physics." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA, July 20-21, 2016. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14230&DocID=4584 (accessed 13 December 2017).
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Lunk, Brandon R., and Robert Beichner. "Attitudes of Life Science Majors Towards Computational Modeling in Introductory Physics." Physics Education Research Conference 2016. Sacramento, CA: 2016. 208-211 of PER Conference. 13 Dec. 2017 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14230&DocID=4584>.
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