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Closing with Physics

Wed, 8 Nov 2023, 09:10 PM (-06:00) Creative Commons License

I have been bringing these students together weekly for surreptitious introductions to the complex plane, vectors, and rotations, although if you asked them, they’d deny discussing such things, since I don’t really tell them that’s what they’re learning, I just let them learn it.

This afternoon after we finished the mini-lesson, I closed by drawing a diagram on the whiteboard. There was a mass. There was a plane inclined at an angle, theta. There was a force pulling the mass up the plane. I told them they’d see all this again when they took Mr. Conn’s physics class.

Eva looked up.

“Mr. Hasan,” she said, holding up a sheet of paper. “Do you know physics?”

“I know some physics.”

“Can you help me with this?” She was evidently holding a homework assignment.

I could. I did.

“I get it,” Eva said afterwards.

Good closure, I suppose, but who knows how much damage I inflicted on Mr. Conn’s lesson.

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