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Cliff's Nodes: Editorials from The Physics Teacher

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Cliff Swartz is a passionate advocate for better physics teaching, based on a curriculum that is quantitative and includes experiments "with a purpose." Here, in a collection of editorials written for The Physics Teacher magazine—along with a few new ones—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 ...

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Overview

Cliff Swartz is a passionate advocate for better physics teaching, based on a curriculum that is quantitative and includes experiments "with a purpose." Here, in a collection of editorials written for The Physics Teacher magazine—along with a few new ones—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 "Practically Perfect in Every Way" and "Justifying Atoms" 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 opinions—often thought-provoking or controversial—should not go unheeded.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Australian Physics - Ross C. McPhedran
A great book to dip into.
Mathematics Teacher - William G. Koellner
The writing style is light, often humorous, and frequently thought provoking, making the reader reflect on teaching, education, and teacher-student relationships. It is hard to put the book down.
School Science and Mathematics - Robert J. Whitaker
There is value in these essays for teachers with many years experience and for those just beginning their careers... All readers will be enriched by this collection.
Physics Teacher - John L. Hubisz
I tried writing a MicroReview of Cliff's Nodes, but no one sentence could encompass the rich variety of reasons why physics teachers should read this book.
Physics World
Wry and witty accounts of teaching physics at all educational levels.
Australian Physics

A great book to dip into.

— Ross C. McPhedran

Mathematics Teacher

The writing style is light, often humorous, and frequently thought provoking, making the reader reflect on teaching, education, and teacher-student relationships. It is hard to put the book down.

— William G. Koellner

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801883071
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Clifford Swartz is a professor emeritus of physics at State University of New York, Stony Brook. He is the former editor of The Physics Teacher and has written numerous physics texts for students from kindergarten to graduate level. He was the recipient in 2007 of the Melba Newell Phillips Award and in 1987 of the Oersted Medal, the most prestigious award of the American Association of Physics Teachers. He is the author of Back-of-the-Envelope Physics (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003).

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