Physics Alive

Physics Alive is the podcast where host, Brad Moser, Ph.D., sparks new life into the physics classroom. Each episode supports and shares the many forward-thinking developments that have come from physics education research and inspiring educators. Brad speaks with teachers who employ innovative and active learning styles, researchers on the frontiers of physics education, catalysts for change on important social issues in the STEM community, and students who want the most out of their education.


episode 6: Poiseuille, Bernoulli, and the Circulatory System

I present a kinesthetic model of the human circulatory system. This model connects the physical principles of Poiseuille’s Law and mass conservation to blood flow throughout the human body. Students grapple with conflicting principles, see the limitations of the Bernoulli principle, and ultimately gain a deeper understanding of the physics behind critical components of anatomy and physiology. Physics teachers collaborate with biology colleagues and learn from them how to create truly authentic biology-based physics curricula. 


Building a kinesthetic model of the human circulatory system:

  • Overview of the Activity
  • Parts list


First article presenting this model, from 2015:

  • A kinesthetic circulatory system model for teaching fluid dynamics


A draft copy of my article that was accepted for publication in the journal The Physics Teacher:

  • Teach Poiseuille First


Interview with Dr. Jonathan Lindner, Cardiologist and Professor of Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University:

  • Interview with Dr. Lindner


Access many more resources for teaching introductory physics for the life sciences at the Living Physics Portal:

  • Living Physics Portal


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