This project was prepared as part of a BioQUEST faculty development workshop entitled BioQUEST Summer 2008 Faculty Workshop Problem Solving in Biology: Data, Tools and Resources from Plant Science at Southeast Missouri State University in June 2008. The BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium is committed to the reform of undergraduate biology instruction through an emphasis on engaging students in realistic scientific practices. This approach is sometimes characterized as an inquiry driven approach and is captured in BioQUEST's three P's (problem-posing, problem-solving, and peer-persuasion). As part of this workshop groups of faculty were encouraged to initiate innovative curricular projects. We are sharing these works in progress in the hope that they will stimulate further exploration, collaboration and development. Please see the following links for additional information:

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An Exercise in Leaf Growth Modeling based on Wisconsin Fast Plants
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Possible Audiences:

high school - college  


Brief Overview:

The project presents a model by which users can vary a series of parameters (e.g., light, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, temperature) to determine the impact on net photosynthesis, leaf growth and dry weight. If desired, the model can be tested empirically  


Project Materials:

Excel spreadsheet/computer (optional - to test model): Qubit (or other IRGA), balance  


Future Directions:

incorporation of herbivory into the model