Ok, it’s the summer. Yay (not yay). I’m currently teaching a summer section of algebra-based physics and it’s pretty tough since they meet for 1 hour + 15 minutes 4 days a week.
Anyway, my goal was to finally finish my trinket physics book and use that for class. I’m not going to finish it by the end of the semester, but I have learned some things.
- Stick to your narrative. I started off with my own idea but then it sort of merged into something that would match up more with traditional textbooks. DON’T DO THIS! I need to stick to the original plan (which I will lay out below).
- More calculations with python. There are some parts that don’t have much python. MORE COWBELL.
- My original plan was to use the momentum principle. However – there is a problem. I start off with kinematics (and acceleration) and you need acceleration for circular motion. My new idea is to introduce the momentum principle as .
- Case studies are great. I like to take something like orbital motion and just explore a bunch of stuff.
- Students want more homework.
Ok, here is my new plan. Break the curriculum into 4 parts.
- Kinematics (position, velocity, acceleration).
- Momentum Principle
- Angular Momentum Principle
That means some stuff gets skipped. I don’t need to focus on statics so much – or special forces. Focus on the big things – planet motions are great.
More to come.