Babies are born knowing physics. They express surprise when an object appears to be suspended in mid-air or pass through walls (nice article here). These are the primitive physics schemas we are all born with. Onto these, we add experiences from our lives: metals are cold; batteries run out of charge; the sun moves. Then in physics lessons we try to supplant this knowledge with formalised knowledge. With mixed results.
A metal cup to keep drinks cold.
All of our children come to class with a head full of unhelpful knowledge – misconceptions. These were a huge area of phd research in…
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