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    Bad Textbook, sort of

    Today, I've been looking through the textbook (Cutnell & Johnson, 7th ed.) for the General Physics course I start teaching next week. The opening picture for Chapter 1 is from Star Wars: Episode III. The caption is about math (trig and vectors) used in CGI, and which will be used in the physics course. That's about the only thing in the movie that is appropriate for a physics course. There's an obvious reason for opening with a Star Wars pic, but also just about the worst choice you could make for that spot. I'm just cracking up over this. I'll have to include it in my first lecture. I definitely had to share it here, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tobin Dax View Post
    There's an obvious reason for opening with a Star Wars pic, but also just about the worst choice you could make for that spot. I'm just cracking up over this.
    What has you cracking up? Is it that the picture came from Star Wars, or is it the particular image? Share. I want to crack up too -- as long as it's the ha-ha-funny cracking up and not the I'm-going-crazy cracking up!

    (I'm not as smart as I'm cracked up to be -- probably because of that highway crack-up I had.)
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    Skepticism enables us to distinguish fancy from fact, to test our speculations. --Carl Sagan

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    Quote Originally Posted by 01101001 View Post
    What has you cracking up? Is it that the picture came from Star Wars, or is it the particular image? Share. I want to crack up too -- as long as it's the ha-ha-funny cracking up and not the I'm-going-crazy cracking up!
    Well, there's always the risk that it's the latter.

    It's just that it's from Star Wars, which was such a wonderful example of good physics in cinema.

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    Gee, does no one use H&R as a text any more?

    Next thing you know, they won't be using JD Jackson for graduate E&M any more.

    Actually, I used to like to use cartoon images (like Road Runner) to illustrate how Physics does not work.

    Wayne

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    Quote Originally Posted by dockeen View Post
    Gee, does no one use H&R as a text any more?
    The course is without calculus, so HRW is a little much.

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    Strangely, when I started college, I ended up taking both "general" and "calculus based" versions of intro physics - so I ended up taking 4 semesters of intro...

    The non-calculus version used Gamow and Cleveland, which I am not sure anyone uses any more.

    Wayne

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    Quote Originally Posted by dockeen View Post
    Gee, does no one use H&R as a text any more?

    Next thing you know, they won't be using JD Jackson for graduate E&M any more.

    Actually, I used to like to use cartoon images (like Road Runner) to illustrate how Physics does not work.

    Wayne
    Well, in AP physics in high school, we used H,R,&W...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjl View Post
    Well, in AP physics in high school, we used H,R,&W...
    Thank you! I feel much younger!

    Wayne

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