ERIC Number: ED195432
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Light and Sound: Evolutionary Aspects. Physical Processes in Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecosystems, Transport Processes.
Roseman, Leonard D.
These materials were designed to be used by life science students for instruction in the application of physical theory to ecosystem operation. Most modules contain computer programs which are built around a particular application of a physical process. This module is concerned with the exchange of energy between an organism and its environment in the form of radiation. Classical and modern radiation theory are discussed and the applications of these physical principles to analysis of biological systems are presented. Emphasis in these applications is upon the evolutionary significance of the physical processes. In one type of application, physical theory is used to isolate constant factors in the environment to which all organisms must adjust their evolution. In a second application, physical theory is used to elucidate the constraints governing the evolution of biological systems. It is demonstrated that radiation theory is applicable to a wide range of sense organs, radiation types, wavelengths, and organisms. (Author/CS)
Descriptors: Acoustics, Biology, College Science, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Programs, Ecology, Energy, Environmental Education, Environmental Influences, Evolution, Higher Education, Instructional Materials, Interdisciplinary Approach, Light, Physical Sciences, Radiation, Science Education, Science Instruction
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle. Center for Quantitative Science in Forestry, Fisheries and Wildlife.
Note: For related documents, see SE 033 581-597. Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document.