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ERIC Number: EJ892049
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Teaching Thermodynamics and the Nature of Matter
Sobel, Michael
Physics Teacher, v45 n8 p511-515 Nov 2007
The introductory course in college physics has been criticized as fragmented and lacking in a theme or "story" to tie together the disparate chapters. As physicists, we see it as highly organized and hierarchical, developing from the great principles of Newton, Maxwell, etc. But to the student, it's just the chapter on lost hikers, the chapter on cars crashing and sticking together, etc. The purpose of this paper is to consider a certain subset of introductory course subjects, one that seems, if anything, more fragmented than the rest, and then to suggest a way of presenting these subjects that constitutes a story.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A