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written by Ruth Chabay and Bruce Sherwood
We consider the goals of the introductory course in classical mechanics taken by physics majors and argue both that these goals are not well met in actual courses and that the goals themselves should be rethought. We propose alternative goals and describe an introductory "modern mechanics" course that addresses these alternative goals. Included in the description are several genres of homework problems that are nearly absent from traditional mechanics courses at both the introductory and intermediate levels. The intermediate mechanics course could be restructured to exploit a broader foundation laid by the introductory course.
American Journal of Physics: Volume 72, Issue 4, Pages 439-445
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10.1119/1.1646134
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educational courses, physics education, teaching
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Metadata instance created June 13, 2005 by Lyle Barbato
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R. Chabay and B. Sherwood, Am. J. Phys. 72 (4), 439 (2004), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.1646134).
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R. Chabay and B. Sherwood, Modern mechanics, Am. J. Phys. 72 (4), 439 (2004), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.1646134>.
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Chabay, R., & Sherwood, B. (2004, April 1). Modern mechanics. Am. J. Phys., 72(4), 439-445. Retrieved February 24, 2020, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.1646134
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Chabay, Ruth, and Bruce Sherwood. "Modern mechanics." Am. J. Phys. 72, no. 4, (April 1, 2004): 439-445, http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.1646134 (accessed 24 February 2020).
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Chabay, Ruth, and Bruce Sherwood. "Modern mechanics." Am. J. Phys. 72.4 (2004): 439-445. 24 Feb. 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.1646134>.
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