Cliff's Nodes

Cliff's Nodes

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Cliff Swartz is a passionate advocate for better physics teaching, based on a curriculum that is quantitative and includes experiments qwith a purpose.q Here, in a collection of editorials written for The Physics Teacher magazinea€”along with a few new onesa€”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 qPractically Perfect in Every Wayq and qJustifying Atomsq 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 opinionsa€”often thought-provoking or controversiala€”should not go unheeded.n this special issue devoted to high school physics laboratory manuals, ita#39;s appropriate to raise questions about the nature of the lab. What sort of experience does it provide students? Well, if aquot;physicsaquot; is defined to be what physicists do, thenanbsp;...

Title:Cliff's Nodes
Author: Clifford Swartz
Publisher:JHU Press - 2006

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