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Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Know Your Science

Writing on the subject of whether teachers know basic science, the always enjoyable Cal Pundit manages to combine science and humor:

...This is the kind of thing that drives me nuts. Do teachers, for example, believe that heavy objects fall faster than light ones? Maybe — especially since it's perfectly true on any planet with an atmosphere. But do they believe that the sun revolves around the earth? I think not.

And, a bit further on:

UPDATE 2: I just got back from lunch and read the comments, and I guess I'd better clear something up. My throwaway line about heavy vs. light objects was meant to refer to the fact that given two identical objects, the light one will generally fall more slowly due to air resistance. That's all.

And eventually some crank will ask, if the objects are identical, which one is heavier? But we know what he means.

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