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Five Easy Lessons: Strategies for Successful Physics Teaching Paperback – September 29, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0805387025 ISBN-10: 0805387021 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley; 1 edition (September 29, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805387021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805387025
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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"I have used the great ideas from this book over the last few years. It contains excellent summaries of research into students' learning and offers lots of helpful and specific advice on how to bring the ideas that have emerged from this research into your classroom. It is a valuable resource for improving students' learning."

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Five Easy Lessions: Strategies for Successful Physics Teaching


* "An invaluable resource for any instructor interested in creating a physics class where students are actively engaged in learning and applying physics. The book is filled with specific suggestions on teaching individual topics in addition to an excellent summary and overview of teaching strategies based on physics education research." — Michael Read, College of the Siskiyous, CA
* "One of the most complete and helpful books on teaching introductory physics that I have ever come across. Not only does it provide thoughtful suggestions about how to improve your course topic by topic, it provides a marvelous primer on educational research into how students learn (or fail to learn) physics." — Dale Pleticha, Gordon College, MA
* "I have used the great ideas from this book over the last few years. It contains excellent summaries of research into students' learning and offers lots of helpful and specific advice on how to bring the ideas that have emerged from this research into your classroom. It is a valuable resource for improving students' learning." — Larry Lonney, Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, OH
Five Easy Lessons: Strategies for Successful Physics Teaching is a paperback book packed with creative tips on how instructors can enhance and improve their physics class instruction techniques. It's an invaluable companion to Randy Knight's Physics for Scientists and Engineers — or for any physics course.

Randy Knight has taught introductory physics for more than 20 years at Ohio State University and California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, where he is currently Professor of Physics. Professor Knight received a bachelor's degree in physics from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics before joining the faculty at Ohio State University. It was at Ohio State, under the mentorship of Professor Leonard Jossem, that he began to learn about the research in physics education that, many years later, led to this book. Professor Knight's research interests are in the field of lasers and spectroscopy. He recently led the effort to establish an environmental studies program at Cal Poly, where, in addition to teaching introductory physics, he also teaches classes on energy, oceanography, and environmental issues.


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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Chad Davies on April 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
Five Easy Lessons is written not so much for students of the subject as for those who must teach them. Far too often, the process of this teaching either assumes the student as Tabla Rasa or gives little thought to the previous knowledge state of the student. Knight's book is an excellent way to move beyond these assumptions and to get an idea of the misconceptioins and alternative conceptions that will impede a student's ability to learn the subject.

The book is broken up into two sections. The first section covers the broad generalities of teaching physics, physics education research and implementing an active-learning environment in the classroom. These chapters will be of great use to the educator trying to understand how to move away from lectures and verification labs into something more effective. The second section discusses the particulars of teaching each major subject area within physics including suggested class schedules as well as specific misconceptions to be addressed.

I would strongly recommned this book to two groups: any educator looking to move from a traditional educational setting to an active-learning environment and those high school level educators who need to review their physics background in preparation for teaching the subject, especially if the subject is being taught out of field.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By V. Olson on January 29, 2009
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I don't know if I would call these lessons easy, but they certainly are successful.

This book is simply amazing. It starts with an overview of pedagogical methods for teaching physics, ideas for general teaching philosophy, and research-based active learning techniques. Once it gets into the nitty gritty of the topics, it goes through every topic pointing out common misconceptions students have, ways to gently convince them that they are wrong (conventional physics education may teach them how to use equations, but it doesn't change anything about how they think the world works) and nudge them towards the correct intuition.

I just finished going through yet another day of electric field and potential with my physics students, and the activities he suggests really helped them grasp these intangible concepts and how they interact.

I would have never thought of the things in this book on my own, but once I got it I immediately tossed "talking-head" lectures out the window and now my students do physics WITH me and solve problems together and get instant feedback on problems to keep them on the path I want them to be on. If you teach physics at any level, this book is helpful for combating incorrect "knowns" about the universe, but it is utterly invaluable if you teach at the honors or college level.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By W Boudville HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 19, 2005
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Why do so many students have problems with physics? Part of it is just aptitude. You really do need a natural fluency with maths to go far into physics. But even so, there are basic physics ideas that can be usefully understood at a qualitative level, by those who will take no other courses in physics. It is perhaps for such students that Knight addresses his book.

He tries to grab your interest. In part by describing ideas as eloquently as he can. But also by suggesting experiments that illustrate key ideas, and which are hands-on, without demanding abstruse maths sophistication on your part. And which do not need elaborate and expensive apparatus to set up. He has derived these in large part from his own, long experience in teaching physics. Hopefully, you might learn something from this text.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert T. Rumer on November 6, 2008
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Physics is hard. This makes it easier.

Thankfully, another professor lent me his copy of this book when I first started teaching Introductory Physics otherwise I would have been sunk. After three years, I still read the corresponding chapter from this book before preparing a chapter for the class. There are so many useful tidbits which have helped my students.

Knight has combined physics education research with active learning methods to help students to learn both concepts and problem-solving. And he has done so in a concise, relevant text for teachers.

As frustrated as I am with many of my student's inability to grasp physics, they are far, far better off than if I had not been given this book. Every physics teacher should have a well-worn copy on their desk!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JeanTindale on June 10, 2011
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A little gem yet to be discovered by more audience!

I used this book on my spare time to tutor a high school kid who went on to Cornell. The author is right on in addressing why people get frustrated while solving physics problems : It is because the way physics works is often different from the way we intuitively perceive the real world! I sensed the author's passion in teaching physics and compassion for those struggling in learning physics.

I wish more people, especially young ones, can get exposed to this great piece and get thrilled to find the joy of learning physics. By the way, I'm not even a physics major!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Doner on February 2, 2008
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It was very valuable to read, in some detail, how another teacher approaches the craft of teaching Physics. Knight is very accurate in his descriptions of student misconceptions. Before I began to teach each unit of study, I consulted this book to gain some fresh ideas and insights. I was never disappointed. He also provides specific examples of problems that he uses in the classroom, and exam questions.
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