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ERIC Number: EJ1049023
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-9120
The Electrocardiogram as an Electronic Filter and Why AC Circuits Are Important for Pre-Health Physics Students
Dunlap, Justin C.; Kutschera, Ellynne; Van Ness, Grace R.; Widenhorn, Ralf
Physics Education, v50 n1 p81-87 Jan 2015
We present a general physics laboratory exercise that centres around the use of the electrocardiogram sensor as an application of circuits and electronic signal filtering. Although these topics are commonly taught in the general physics classroom, many students consider topics such as alternating current as unrelated to their future professions. This exercise provides the motivation for life science and pre-health majors to learn concepts such as voltage, resistance, alternating and direct current, RLC circuits, as well as signal and noise, in an introductory undergraduate physics lab.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: DUE-1141078; DUE-1431447