Use of bratwurst sausage as a model cadaver in introductory physics for the life sciences lab experiments

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The general physics course that is taught in most departments as a service course for pre-med or pre-health students is undergoing a large shift in course content to better appeal to this group of learners. This revision also extends to the laboratory component, where more emphasis is being placed on teaching physics through biological examples. Here, two undergraduate-level lab experiments, one dealing with buoyancy and the other with heat transfer, are described. The two labs were designed specifically to appeal to pre-med students taking introductory physics, and their novelty arises from the use of a bratwurst sausage as a miniature model cadaver. Results suggest that the sausage provides a suitable approximation to the mass density and thermal properties of the human body.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)367-371
Number of pages5
JournalPhysics Teacher
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2015

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