tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-13869903.post8780884083470779067..comments2021-05-17T11:19:16.716-05:00Comments on nanoscale views: Battle hymn of the Tiger ProfessorDouglas Natelsonhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13340091255404229559noreply@blogger.comBlogger9125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-13869903.post-26656806666466666792011-03-14T05:46:47.332-05:002011-03-14T05:46:47.332-05:00Amy Chua says she was raised in a very strict envi...Amy Chua says she was raised in a very strict environment, where nothing but excellence was accepted.Gaston Cantenshttp://www.linkedin.com/pub/gaston-cantens/13/258/160noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-13869903.post-88214403665574508592011-03-02T00:26:22.163-06:002011-03-02T00:26:22.163-06:00> [...] I really don't see how you can teac...> [...] I really don't see how you can teach special relativity or quantum theory without a foundation in Newtonian mechanics.<br /><br />Zach -- that's sadly how most undergraduate courses in quantum mechanics for chemists proceed.leonnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-13869903.post-84660182315576516842011-02-22T04:28:40.263-06:002011-02-22T04:28:40.263-06:00Anonymous 10:56:
I don't know anything about ...Anonymous 10:56:<br /><br />I don't know anything about cosmology, but I really don't see how you can teach special relativity or quantum theory without a foundation in Newtonian mechanics. I suppose you could go over it on a completely superficial level, but I don't see how you could explain a Hamiltonian without first going over the Newtonian concepts of work and energy, and you can't do quantum mechanics without Hamiltonians.Zachnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-13869903.post-22783618325593330992011-02-14T16:38:03.468-06:002011-02-14T16:38:03.468-06:00Would you believe my love of super hero comics was...Would you believe my love of super hero comics was the catalyst for my study of engineering? James Kakalios' book helped me understand physics by making it fun due to the connections he made with Superman, Hulk, and Flash to the fundamentals of physics.<br />Best,<br />ParisAnonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-13869903.post-88121334285547520552011-02-14T16:34:33.539-06:002011-02-14T16:34:33.539-06:00I teach "conceptual" physics at ITT. The...I teach "conceptual" physics at ITT. They've added a lab requirement which is done with software. A side effect of this is that the students can surf the net during a lecture as they all have computers on their desks.<br /><br />I take advantage of this. I don't convert units, instead I ask them to convert stuff. When I want to know the mass of a nitrogen molecule I ask them to google it.<br /><br />This has the effect of reducing the boredom for the better students, and I think it gives the mediocre ones a better understanding of how to use google, at least.<br /><br />So I do think that pedagogy needs to change. Would we still be teaching in English if the vast majority of our students knew some other language better? Of course we adapt to our students not vice versa.CarlBrannenhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/17180079098492232258noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-13869903.post-80655938432534677872011-02-14T10:56:50.401-06:002011-02-14T10:56:50.401-06:00I agree that students can't really get into ph...I agree that students can't really get into physics if they are unwilling to do the mathematical legwork. But what about choosing which physics topics to teach first based on what interests students, and then getting into the gritty bits later on? I'm not sure that the parts of physics usually taught first are necessarily the best at getting students engaged with the material (and once they are engaged they are much happier about focusing on problems and doing the derivations/calculations needed). At Swarthmore, the first course in the physics major series is a qualitative course about special relativity, cosmology, and quantum theory, and seems to do a much better job hooking potential physics majors than mechanics does.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-13869903.post-37352521838616789892011-02-14T01:54:57.539-06:002011-02-14T01:54:57.539-06:00As far as what you posted, I fully agree.
But ca...As far as what you posted, I fully agree. <br /><br />But can we also acknowledge that in many situations it is OK to substitute mastering a software package (eg Mathematica) for solving systems of equations by hand or rederiving (or trying to memorize) every last series expansion, integral, trig identity, etc.grumpynoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-13869903.post-155710506992625082011-02-13T22:13:33.434-06:002011-02-13T22:13:33.434-06:00What you’re saying is completely true. I know that...What you’re saying is completely true. I know that everybody must say the same thing, but I just think that you put it in a way that everyone can understand. I also love the images you put in here. They fit so well with what you’re trying to say. I’m sure you’ll reach so many people with what you’ve got to say.modern bathroom designshttp://www-bathroom.blogspot.com/2011/02/modern-bathroom-designs.htmlnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-13869903.post-84669290358942020562011-02-13T22:06:01.082-06:002011-02-13T22:06:01.082-06:00I completely agree. Today's twitter/facebook/g...I completely agree. Today's twitter/facebook/google-savvy college student learning about oscillating pendula may be better equipped to chat with their peers about the day's lecture, find an online simulation that allows the user to play with the attached mass or pendulum length, or find three different derivations of the pendulum period. But the student still has to take the time to sit down, focus, and work through the math to learn how to actually calculate the period of an oscillating pendulum.sujithttp://metadatta.wordpress.comnoreply@blogger.com