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Abstract Title: Development of a suite of physics activities for pre-health and life science students
Abstract: At Portland State University we have been developing courseware for introductory and intermediate level Physics for the Life Sciences classes that strengthen the connection students make between physics and medicine. As part of these courses, we have created a number of laboratory activities that explore the fundamental physics behind ubiquitous medical devices. Topics explored in the activities include planar x-ray imaging, Computed Tomography, Pulse Oximetry, electrocardiogram, and Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis. These activities feature original hardware and software, all of which are designed for easy adoption by other educational institutions. The materials have been assessed and refined over several iterations of an intermediate level biomedical physics course and some have been adapted for the introductory physics lab for life science students. Together they offer students an authentic, hands-on approach to exploring the relevance of physics to medicine.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Ralf Widenhorn
Portland State Univerisity
Department of Physics
SRTC, 1719 SW 10th Ave., Room 134
Portland, OR 97201
Phone: 5037253898
and Co-Presenter(s)
Elliot Mylott, Justin C. Dunlap, Ellynne Kutschera, Grace Van Ness