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[Phys-L] Re: Goals of the Introductory Course

Depends on who the course is for. Physics for poets has one set of goals;
physics for engineers, another. These days there probably ought to be a
special course in physics for biologists/biophysicists.

In that connection, I'm reading an awesome book, ostensibly for a lay
audience. It is <Darwin in the Genome> by Lynne Helena Caporal. The
subtitle is reasonably deescriptive: "Molecular strategies in biological
evolution." I am astounded, among other things, by the chemical analogues
of modern conventional microelectronics, the sociology of genes, and the
virtuosity of organic molecules. The lady is also a poet, and I'm finding
the book a delight to read. (McGraw-Hill, 236 pp with large type, $24.95).

On Tue, 22 Mar 2005, Rodney Dunning wrote:


When teaching the introductory course, what are the essential lessons
you would like students to learn through having taken the course?

Rodney Dunning
Assistant Professor of Physics
Birmingham-Southern College

"Trust me. I have a lot of experience at this."
General Custer's unremembered message to his men,
just before leading them into the Little Big Horn Valley
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