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Physics Eduction Division: new publication by Laurence Viennot

Posted By Administration, 30 May 2014
Several topics dealt with in the MUSE files posted on this web-site are also analysed in a book : Thinking in Physics The pleasure of reasoning and understanding, by Laurence Viennot. This book is mainly aimed at teachers and teacher trainers. It relies on the same principles as those which inspire project MUSE.

Thinking in Physics
The pleasure of reasoning and understanding
By Laurence Viennot
Hardback, 182 pages
Springer 2014

The book has three parts:
•    making sense of special scientific ways of reasoning (words, images, functions)
•    making connections between very different topics, each illuminating the other
•    simplifying, looking for consistency, and avoiding incoherent over-simplification

Table of Contents
Part I    Learning to think:  words, images and functions
- Essential tools for comprehension
- Some surprising invariances
- Analysis of functional dependence: a powerful tool
- Putting things into practice
Part II   Physics: Linking factors
- Links between phenomena in terms of type of functional dependence.
- Te relationships between different approaches to the same phenomenon
Part III  Simplicity:  ruin or triumph of coherence?
- Optimising simple experiments
- Popularising physics: what place for reasoning?

Read more
Download the leaflet
Visit the PED website
Info about the MUSE project

Tags:  PED  Physics Education Division  publication  teaching 

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