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Abstract Title: Introducing Biologically-Authentic Mathematical Modeling in IPLS
Abstract: Research has shown that when life-science students perceive physics problems as providing authentic insight into biological phenomena, they achieve more expert-like ways of knowing in physics. [1,2] This work discusses the incorporation of biologically-authentic, mathematical modeling opportunities into a reformed introductory physics for the life sciences (IPLS) course that is part of the National Experiment in Undergraduate Education (NEXUS/Physics) at the University of Maryland (UMD). This work focuses on the student response to a select component of a set of materials designed as part of the project, the difficulties that the students face in engaging in mathematical modeling, and in assisting the students to overcome these difficulties.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Deborah Hemingway
University of Maryland, College Park
3103 River Bend Ct #A101
Laurel, MD 20724
Phone: 2405479601
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Mark Eichenlaub, Wolfgang Losert, and Edward F. Redish