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We Teach Too Much “what to think” And Not Enough “how to think”
Way back when I was a little highschool student, I recall the pride I felt when working through the nuclear reactor unit of our Grade 11 physics course. The pride derived from the featured CANDU reactor. Wow! Our little Canada … Continue reading
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Tagged Canadian nuclear reactor, CANDU, critical thinking, nuclear reactor, physics textbooks, textbooks
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Rota On Teaching Mathematics
From Indiscrete Thoughts, by GianCarlo Rota: The best introduction to mathematics is not achieved by rigorous presentation. No one can learn calculus, linear algebra, or group theory by reading an axiomatic presentation. What one wishes is a feeling for a … Continue reading
On Pulling Weeds
“A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered,” said Ralph Waldo Emerson. This is a profound observation about judgements and the role of words in conveying judgements. Nowadays, with our quite extensive knowledge of plants and … Continue reading
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Solution To “The Coconut Problem”
The coconut problem post has now been updated with a solution and some discussion here.
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How Much Mathematics Should A Student Memorize? Part 4, Geometric Series
In teaching mathematics for many years, one of the things I emphasized over and over again was that students should memorize the absolute minimum necessary, and then I did my best to make explicit what this absolute minimum is. It … Continue reading
Lectures Suck
A friend sent me this link to a New York Times article on improving lectures in university physics classrooms. A Toronto Star article based on the same research (led by University of British Columbia Nobel laureate Carl Wieman) is here. … Continue reading