Cliff's Nodes: Editorials from The Physics Teacher

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JHU Press, 2006 - 338 halaman

Cliff Swartz is a passionate advocate for better physics teaching, based on a curriculum that is quantitative and includes experiments "with a purpose." Here, in a collection of editorials written for The Physics Teacher magazine -- along with a few new ones -- he cajoles, chides, preaches, and provides a good swift kick in the intellectual pants for those who are working to share physics with the next generation.

Gleaned from a lifetime in the lab and in the classroom, Swartz's book is chock-full of wisdom for neophytes as well as seasoned veterans. Favorite editorials such as "Practically Perfect in Every Way" and "Justifying Atoms" provide the reader with an insider's view of the state of physics teaching over the three decades that Swartz edited The Physics Teacher. His advice and opinions -- often thought-provoking or controversial -- should not go unheeded.

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Under the Influence
6
An Answer for Joanna
13
The Uniform of the Day
19
True Confessions
21
Why Dont Poets Like Physics?
35
Extrapolations and Prognostications
49
CHEER GLOOM
53
Is This Generation Different?
59
GOOD CHIDINGS
181
The Road to Panacea
189
Salus en Machina
195
Back to normal
201
The Rumpelstiltskin Factor
204
Razzmatazz and All That Jazz
218
Touchstones
233
Physics Can Be Phun and Also Phony
238

Saying the Sooth
66
First the Question
73
What the Student Saw
80
Why Do We Need Labs?
82
Listen95
95
An Elementary Proposal for Elementary School
108
More Sage Advice The HighSchool Physics
114
Downhill Thoughts
127
The Facts of Life
142
Judicious Hoopla
156
The Hawthorne Effect and Other Mysteries
170
Modern PhysicsAll Year Long
175
Demise of a Shibboleth
245
New Fad Old Fraud
254
Absolute Errors
263
Insignificant Figures
266
Trinity Sure1
279
Circular Reasoning
293
Misconceptions for GrownUps
296
The Plumb Line
302
Believing Is Seeing
310
Dimensionless Constants
326
Physics Where the Least Action is
333
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Clifford Swartz is a professor emeritus of physics at State University of New York, Stony Brook. He is the former editor of The Physics Teacher and has written numerous physics texts for students from kindergarten to graduate level. He was the recipient in 2007 of the Melba Newell Phillips Award and in 1987 of the Oersted Medal, the most prestigious award of the American Association of Physics Teachers. He is the author of Back-of-the-Envelope Physics (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003).

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