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Teaching Introductory Physics: A Sourcebook

Handbook / Manual

By: CE Swartz

558 pages, no illustrations

American Institute of Physics

Hardback | Dec 1996 [1998 reprint] | #89932 | ISBN: 1563963205
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Introductory physics attracts a wide variety of students, with different backgrounds, levels of preparedness, and academic destinations. To many, the course is one of the most daunting in the science curriculum, full of arcane principles that are difficult to grasp. To others, it is one of the most highly anticipated - the first step on the path to the upper reaches of scientific inquiry. In their years as instructors and as editors of "The Physics Teacher", Clifford E. Swartz and the late Thomas Miner developed and encountered many innovative and effective ways of introducing students to the fundamental principles of physics. "Teaching Introductory Physics" brings these strategies, insights and techniques to you in a unique, convenient volume. This is a reference and a tutorial book for teachers of an introductory physics course at any level. It has review articles on most of the topics of introductory physics, providing background information and suggestions about presentation and relative importance. Whether you are teaching physics for the first time or are an experienced instructor, "Teaching Introductory Physics" will prove to be an exceptionally helpful classroom companion. The book should be particularly useful for graduate students teaching for the first time and for research physicists who have not taught the introductory course recently. "Teaching Introductory Physics" gives you access to the cumulative expertise of the world's most dedicated physics instructors-not just Professor Swartz and Miner, but many of the contributors and subscribers to the Physics Teacher. it is sure to enhance your teaching skills, helping you to give your students the basic knowledge

PHYSICS TODAY "[The book] is intended for new teaching assistants, first-time teachers, and faculty who are returning to the introductory course after an absence of some years. It is meant to fill the need for renewal in physics education and to provide a useful context for the teacher. It succeeds at much of this. The drawings by Art Ferguson are wonderfully clear and helpful and will make all of us who do not have access to such an artist jealous. Perhaps the book will even help its readers to become better teachers and to have fewer dissatisfied students. Both authors are expert at teaching and communication!Both brought their wealth and experience in teaching and knowledge to the book!the reader can encounter fascinating aspects of friction, a discussion of transfer of tension by a rope, one of the clearest expositions of the difference between diffraction and interference ever written, a nicely written explanation of the difference between phase and group velocity and a wonderful discussion of many aspects of ferromagnetism!Overall, the first tow wonderful chapters and the very nice treatments of various topics in the rest of the book overwhelm any reservations about recommending the book. This will indeed be a valuable addition to a teacher's bookshelf." AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICS "The primary intent of the authors was to condense and filter decades of experience teaching Introductory Physics so that faculty, new to teaching physics at the high school or college level, would have a tutorial on effective teaching. They have done a superb job. Though much of the material can be found elsewhere, much of it is new, or at least not easy to find!Not all of the chapters are of the same quality or depth. But each is designed so that an instructor can read the chapter one day, go into class the next, and immediately improve the quality of instruction. Though the authors have written a book that is aimed at beginning teachers, it will be useful to faculty at all levels of experience. I have been teaching Introductory Physics for 10 years, and there was not a single chapter which did not give me some new insight, or remind me of something I know but do not always take into account!In general, the book by Swartz and Miner fills a niche long empty in the education of physics faculty, and should be one of the first books on the shelf of anyone considering a career teaching physics at the high-school or college level."


Contents: 1. Fatherly Advice. 2. Error (Uncertainty) Analysis. 3. Units, Dimensions, Vectors, and Scaling. 4. Friction. 5. Gravitation. 6. Reference Frames and Relativity. 7. Newton's Laws of Dynamics 8. Angular Momentum. 9. Work and Energy. 10. Internal Energy. 11. Second Law of Thermodynamics. 12. Fluids. 13. Vibrations. 14. Wave Transmission. 15. Complex Waves and Wave Interactions. 16. Electrostatics. 17. Electric Current. 18. Magnetism. 19. Currents and Fields that Change with Time. 20. Electromagnetic Radiation. 21. Microstructure.

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