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Abstract Title: Physics Activities for the Life Sciences (PALS)*
Abstract: At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill we have developed a new introductory physics course for life science majors (IPLS) that includes more than fifty studio activities called Physics Activities for the Life Sciences (PALS). All activities address important physical principles and their applications to the life sciences, and many focus on topics that are not part of traditional introductory physics curriculum.  The PALS we have designed were inspired by previous research-validated and research-supported activities and pedagogy, and are a mixture of tutorial-like and laboratory-like activities.  They are designed to be completed by groups of three to four students working collaboratively in a studio environment and have been appropriately scaled to be completed by the average group within a single 110-minute studio period.  We will present a small sample of activities from PALS focusing on topics such as stress and strain, diffusion, and life at low Reynolds numbers.

*This work has been supported in part by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DUE-1323008 and AAU Undergraduate STEM Education Initiative.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Alice D. Churukian
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
120 E. Cameron Ave.
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Duane L. Deardorff, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Laurie E. McNeil, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
David P. Smith, University of Washington
Colin S. Wallace, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill