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Scitation: Reinventing physics for life-sciences majors

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Reinventing #physics for life-sciences majors. Emphasize energy, #entropy & diffusion. De-emph. rotation & #gravity

Reinventing physics for life-sciences majors

Despite the disparities among biologists, some physics topics can safely be deemphasized in an IPLS course. Those include projectile motion, rotations with constant acceleration, Newton’s law of gravitation, and heat engines. Other topics such as fluids, optics, energy, and entropy gain new prominence. And still other topics not mentioned in the standard algebra-based course should be considered for inclusion: scaling; strength of materials; and gradient-driven flows, including diffusion.