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Using Make: Electronics in my classroom

I teach high school physics at Kentucky Country Day School. All of our freshman take physics, but there isn’t time to cover all the topics one would like. For this reason I also teach Physics II. It is taken mainly by seniors who want to learn about some of the topics that were omitted from the freshman class. Physics II is a conceptual physics course. Qualitative understanding is emphasized over calculation and I try to help the students develop their physics intuition through exercises like one might find in the book Thinking Physics. This year I decided to spend several weeks using the new Make: Electronics book. It takes the same approach of doing first to develop understanding over calculating starting with theory. The fact that it is totally hands on will appeal to my students, especially when senioritis starts to set in.  I plan to post updates here about how it’s going and to share what I learn from the experience. Keep checking back if you are interested.

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