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A Kinesthetic Circulatory System Model for Teaching Fluid Dynamics
written by Elizabeth K. Whitmore, David Grimm, Bradley Moser, Rebecca S. Lindell, and James Vesenka
Students often leave Introductory Physics for Life Science (ILPS) courses without a solid understanding of fluid dynamics, which is necessary for them to be successful in their future biology courses.  In an effort to reconcile this issue, researchers at UNE have focused on improving students' understanding of the circulatory system. This requires students to apply multiple fluid dynamics concepts, specifically, conservation of mass and the Bernoulli and Hagen-Poiseuille Principles.  The researchers developed a kinesthetic circulatory system model made of transparent plastic tubing of different radii and branched connectors.  This hands-on model enabled students to see the fluid travel at different speeds (visually) and different pressures (using digital pressure sensors) similar to the cardiovascular system.  Preliminary evaluation data from close-ended multiple-choice assessments and open-ended assessments indicates significant improvement in student understanding of conservation of mass and Bernoulli's principle and but little improvement of Hagen-Poiseuille's Principle.
Physics Education Research Conference 2015
Part of the PER Conference series
College Park, MD: July 29-30, 2015
Pages 359-362
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Applied Research
- Instructional Material Design
= Demonstration
- Pedagogy
Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Conceptual Assessment
Fluid Mechanics
- Dynamics of Fluids
= Bernoulli Force
= Flow Rate
= Viscosity
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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DOI:
10.1119/perc.2015.pr.085
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0737458
1044154
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01.50.My
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PERC 2015
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Metadata instance created December 16, 2015 by Lyle Barbato
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E. Whitmore, D. Grimm, B. Moser, R. Lindell, and J. Vesenka, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, 2015, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13907&DocID=4325).
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E. Whitmore, D. Grimm, B. Moser, R. Lindell, and J. Vesenka, A Kinesthetic Circulatory System Model for Teaching Fluid Dynamics, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, 2015, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13907&DocID=4325>.
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Whitmore, E., Grimm, D., Moser, B., Lindell, R., & Vesenka, J. (2015, July 29-30). A Kinesthetic Circulatory System Model for Teaching Fluid Dynamics. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD. Retrieved December 18, 2017, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13907&DocID=4325
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Whitmore, E, D. Grimm, B. Moser, R. Lindell, and J. Vesenka. "A Kinesthetic Circulatory System Model for Teaching Fluid Dynamics." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, July 29-30, 2015. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13907&DocID=4325 (accessed 18 December 2017).
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Whitmore, Elizabeth K., David Grimm, Bradley Moser, Rebecca Lindell, and James Vesenka. "A Kinesthetic Circulatory System Model for Teaching Fluid Dynamics." Physics Education Research Conference 2015. College Park, MD: 2015. 359-362 of PER Conference. 18 Dec. 2017 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13907&DocID=4325>.
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