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Can We Deal with Societal Issues in an Introductory Course?
  Location: HC 3029
  Date: Wednesday, Aug.3
  Time: 9:40 AM -9:50 AM
  Author: Peter Lindenfeld, Rutgers University
609-921-9524, lindenf@physics.rutgers.edu
  Co-Author(s): Suzanne Brahmia
  Abstract: Yes, it is possible to include societal issues in an introductory course. It helps to have a textbook that includes them. Studies show that texts are rarely read, but perhaps this is not completely the fault of the students. A new book (1) attempts to deal with both questions. It includes chapters on Energy in Civilization and Laws and their Limits. It incorporates mathematics as part of the conversation, and includes a Guided Review that encourages reading. Perhaps surprisingly, although it includes material not usually in such books, it is less than half as massive as the standard texts.
  Footnotes: (1) Physics: The First Science, Peter Lindenfeld and Suzanne White Brahmia, Rutgers University Press 2011, www.first.rutgers.edu
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