Author Topic: Teaching Least Action to Beginners  (Read 13287 times)

rhipple

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Teaching Least Action to Beginners
« on: July 13, 2006, 04:32:28 am »
Good Afternoon, Dr. Hwang!

I admire your love for physics and your boundless energy! So I would like your
advice:

There is the idea that the principle of least action should be taught early on in education.

Have you given thought to this idea? I think it is fascinating.

Robert

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« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2006, 12:16:39 pm »
"The principle of least action could be taught to early on in education."

What is the baseline for "early on"?
The students at the same grad level are not all the same.
There all have their own educational back-ground.

We can teach physics ideas for kids if it was intriduced in an appropriate way and with enough background information.
But "appropriate way" will depend on student's background knowledge.

I believe there is no such thing as "One rule for everyone".

Yes. It is possible to teach the principle of least action even for children.
But, we should not force all the children to learn it.

rhipple

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« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2006, 11:32:03 pm »
Of course I am referring to the work of Dr. Edwin Taylor (eftaylor.com)

I've shared some of his interactive software with you on ntnujava.

He seeks a "new paradigm" where the principle of least action is given a role similar to
conservation of energy.

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Re: Teaching Least Action to Beginners
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2010, 12:20:59 pm »
congratulations guys, awesome work.
I look forward to seeing what you do in the next challenge.
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Re: Teaching Least Action to Beginners
« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2013, 08:46:17 pm »
We can demonstrate physics ideas by using the latest technology and good presentation. But the concern is that can these ideas required to present by an instructor or professor or just online video can teach all.
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