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Abstract Title: A Kinesthetic Circulatory System Model for Teaching Fluid Dynamics
Abstract: Students often leave Introductory Physics for Life Science (ILPS) courses without the understanding of real# 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, Bernoulli's principle and the Hagen-Poiseuille's law.  After interviewing a number of students during the past four years, the researchers developed a kinesthetic circulatory system model made of transparent plastic tubing of different radii and branched connectors.  This model enabled students to see the fluid travel at different speeds (visually) and different pressures (using digital pressure sensors) similar to the cardiovascular system.  Evaluation of this learning module indicates substantial improvement in student understanding and appreciation of real fluid dynamics concepts.

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Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Elizabeth Whitmore
University of New England
Department of Chemistry and Physics
11 Hills Beach Road
Biddeford, ME 04005
and Co-Presenter(s)
James Vesenka - University of New England
David Grimm - University of New England
Bradley Moser - University of New England
Rebecca Lindell - Purdue University