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The role of introductory physics for life sciences in supporting students to use physical models flexibly

  title={The role of introductory physics for life sciences in supporting students to use physical models flexibly},
  author={Benjamin D. Geller and Maya Tipton and Brandon Daniel-Morales and Nikhil Tignor and Calvin White and Catherine H. Crouch},
A central goal of Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences (IPLS) is to prepare students to use physics to model and analyze biological situations, a skill of increasing importance for their future studies and careers. Here we report our findings on life science students' ability to carry out a sophisticated biological modeling task at the end of first-semester introductory physics. Some students were enrolled in a standard course (N = 34), and some in an IPLS course (N = 61); both courses… 

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