Physics Colloquium: What is Energy?: Blending Scientific Disciplines and Blending Metaphors
Benjamin Dreyfus, George Mason University
Energy is a central concept in physics, chemistry, and biology. However, students who study all three disciplines can end up with a fragmented rather than unified understanding of energy. In the context of an introductory physics course for life sciences students that focuses on interdisciplinary connections, we look at how students can reconcile energy concepts across the sciences. We also look at the metaphors that can be used for reasoning about energy, including energy as a substance and energy as a vertical location. Both students and experts can productively coordinate multiple metaphors for energy.
Thursday, February 14 at 3:00pm
Regents Hall, 109
3700 O St. NW