It’s a variation on a classic Celtic joke which I’m sure that you’ve heard before, but here it is anyway.
Motorist: Can you tell me the way to Llanpumsaint please?
Welshman: Why yes, but I wouldn’t start from here if I were you…
I wouldn’t start from here. The joke, of course, is that we rarely have a choice of where we start from. We start from here because here is where we are. Here is where we start from, there is no choice.
David Hammer (2000) in “Student Resources For Learning Introductory Physics” offers a fascinating perspective on the varied points that students start from as…
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