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Physics teacher of over 20 years experience who still enjoys teaching (well, most of the time anyway). He lives in London with his lovely wife and insane cat. Please follow him on Twitter @emc2andallthat

IoP Energy: Once More Unto The Breach…

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Why do we make these analogies? It is not just to co-opt words but to co-opt their inferential machinery. Some deductions that apply to motion and space also apply nicely to possession, circumstances and…

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IoP Energy: It’s About The Physics, Stupid!

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[I]t is ambition enough to be employed as an under-labourer in clearing the ground a little, and removing some of the rubbish that lies in the way to knowledge;- which certainly had been very…

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IoP Energy: Notes Towards A Diagrammatic Teaching Approach?

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After a fascinating discussion led by the excellent Alex Weatherall (click here to participate in his Google doc Physics-fest — and follow @A_Weatherall on Twitter for more), I was thinking on possible teaching approaches for energy.…

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The Gamesters of Sparta

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Sir. It must be considered, that a man who only does what every one of the society to which he belongs would do, is not a dishonest man. In the republick of Sparta, it…

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Learning Is For The Birds

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​Well versed in the expanses that stretch from earth to stars, we get lost in the space from earth up to our skull. Wislawa Szymborska, To My Friends What do we mean by learning?…

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Gizza Teacher

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Few who watched the TV series?Boys From The Blackstuff back in 1982 could forget Bernard Hill’s affecting portrayal of Jimmy “Yosser” Hughes’ mental breakdown, as a man whose job was an integral part of…

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IoP Energy: “Store” of Wisdom or Little Shop of Horrors?

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“Something with a lot of energy will kill you.” This has stayed with me from my PGCE course at Swansea University, many years ago. It was said by Frank Banks, the course tutor, in…

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