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Physical Models for the Role of Pressure in Biology and Medicine

Title: Physical Models for the Role of Pressure in Biology and Medicine.
Name(s): Gorgy, Amanda Mira, author
Goldsby, Kenneth A., author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Bachelor Thesis
Date Issued: 2017-04-28
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: While the effectiveness of using demonstrations to facilitate learning in science courses remains controversial, it is generally recognized that the “hands-on” building of physical models leads to a better understanding of the underlying scientific concepts. A recent study published in Nature Communications flips the relationship between learning and building, suggesting that teaching and language evolved to allow the skills of using tools to be passed to children, providing an important survival advantage for early hominoids. Work in our laboratory is aimed at encouraging collaborative interactions between science teachers and technical arts teachers in Florida’s secondary school system. We design, build, and test equipment that can be used to illustrate important scientific concepts, with the objective of using these projects as examples of what students could build for their schools. In addition to providing low-cost demonstrations and laboratory equipment to science teachers, and hopefully slowing the disappearance of “shop” from the secondary school curriculum, we believe that the construction of physical models will provide a tangible analogy for the construction of scientific models that we use to understand natural phenomena. Demonstrations are commonly used in chemistry and physics courses; however, the use of in-class demos in biology courses appears to be much less common. We present here several examples of simple apparatuses that illustrate scientific concepts important in biology and medicine with a focus on pressure systems.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1493403963 (IID)
Keywords: Pressure, Medicine, Biology
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Gorgy, A. M., & Goldsby, K. A. (2017). Physical Models for the Role of Pressure in Biology and Medicine. Retrieved from