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Re: Introductory Physics Class

Here are three things you might cover:

1. Try to eliminate misconceptions, so that the students don't propagate
them when they become teachers.
2. Make sure that they are able to learn for themselves, so that they can
teach themselves what they need when they are on their own.
3. Give them a good bibliography so that they can have some good
references to look at when they leave the class.

Steven T. Ratliff
Associate Professor of Physics
Northwestern College
3003 Snelling Ave. N.
St. Paul, MN 55113-1598
U. S. A.

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Tim O'Donnell <odonnt@CELINA.K12.OH.US>
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02/05/01 07:28 AM
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Subject: Introductory Physics Class

I have been asked to teach a introductory college physics
class to propective elementary school teachers who have
never had a physics course before. This will in all
likelyhood be the only physics class they ever take.
Any suggestions to what topics should be "covered."
Thanks for the suggestions and help.

Tim O'Donnell
Instructor of Physics and Chemistry
Celina High School
715 East Wayne Street
Celina, Ohio 45822
(419) 586-8300 Ext 1200 or 1201

"Chance only favors the prepared mind." - Louis Pasteur