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Title: Evolution of a Course in Biothermodynamics PDF
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Creator: Patzer, John
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Description: An integral part of engineering education that crosses most disciplinary boundaries is a course in thermodynamics. While all thermodynamics courses generically involve learning about and applying the first, second, and third laws, the actual applications of the laws vary among the disciplines. Bioengineers have little need for thermodynamics directed toward design of power plants (mechanical) or distillation columns (chemical). More pertinent topics include media (acid-base) equilibrium, protein-solute equilibrium, osmosis, action potential generation and propagation, and the domination of diffusion in most biological processes. The evolution of our biothermodynamics curriculum from one attuned to chemical engineering toward one primarily concerned with biological aspects of thermodynamics will be described. Guiding the evolution is the VANTH1 approach to education, which is based upon implementation of the How People Learn2 principles in an active learning environment. Paramount in this approach is development of challenges based on real problems that motivate discussion, exploration, and arrival at a solution to the problem. For example, concepts in media composition are explored through challenges associated with tissue engineering.
LC Classification: Medicine -- Medicine (General) -- Biomedical engineering. Electronics. Instrumentation -- Other special topics, A-Z -- Tissue engineering
Science -- Physics -- Heat -- Thermodynamics
Technology -- Engineering (General). Civil engineering -- Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General) -- Bioengineering
GEM Subject: Science -- Biology
Science -- Engineering
Vocational Education -- Trade and industrial
Key Concept: Biology -- Thermodynamics
Mechanical engineering -- Thermodynamics
Resource Type: Instructional Materials
Lesson Plans
Reading Materials
Science Materials
Format: pdf
Audience: College/University Instructors
Higher Education
Secondary Education
Technical School First Cycle
Technical School Second Cycle
University First Cycle
University Second Cycle
Vocational Training
Language: English
Access Rights: Free access
Date Of Record Release: 2010-10-13 03:00:02 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2012-06-06 16:31:16 (W3C-DTF)
Source Type: ATE Center
Source: National Center for Manufacturing Education
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