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.
David Hammer (2000) in “Student Resources For Learning Introductory Physics” offers a fascinating perspective on the varied points that students start from as they begin to learn physics. He likens a…
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