Education Articles

Here is the collection of expert education articles that deal with academia, pedagogy and education in general. Some of these are in the perspective of the student, some as an administrator and others as a teacher.

Aiming High and Managing Distractions as Keys to Success for Science Majors

Over the years, I've noticed some distinct trends among the physics…
abacus introduction

An Introduction to the Traditional Abacus of China and Japan

Introduction Abacuses are commonly seen in ancient civilizations…

Work Ethic Is a Key to Success for Science Majors

After earning a 4.0 GPA in his first semester as a…

Niches for Publishable Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate interest in research is a good thing; it's even…

Very Little Excuse To Ask A Question Cold

We frequently get questions such as these:"What is energy?""What…

Revamping Undergraduate Introductory Physics Laboratory

This is a compilation of my blog entry on this singular "project"…

What Is The Most Important Thing That You Learned?

I mentioned in an earlier Insight on what I think are the most…

Real Research in Unexpected Places - Boat Ramps

Read part 1 -Backyards, Barns, BayousReal Research in Unexpected…

Fake News and Science Reporting

During and even after the recent US election campaign, there…

Real Research in Unexpected Places - Backyards, Barns, Bayous

21st century science labors under the myth that good experimental…

Why Study Physics? A Bit Goes a Long Way!

If you don’t plan to become a scientist or an engineer, is…

Blaming Government for Teacher and Scientist Failures in Integrity

The article, "Governmental policy is wrecking science," makes…

Why Is Quantum Mechanics So Difficult?

Strangely enough, QM's formalism isn't any more difficult than…

Imagination Without Knowledge Is Ignorance Waiting to Happen

My feelings on people who think that imagination is more important…

Why You Should Not Use Wikipedia As Your Primary Source

It is no secret to anyone who has read my posts in this forum…

The Most Important Thing You Can Learn from Physics Forums

It is a bit pompous of me think that I can actually tell you…

False Physics Major Dichotomy: Theorist or Experimentalist?

Many physics majors believe that pursuing a PhD in physics…