Teaching physics with superheroes...
November 8, 2002 6:30 AM   Subscribe

Teaching physics with superheroes...
...and comics in general. Comics are used to teach math, in "The Mathematical Cartoons of Larry Gonick". While this flash animation addresses the physics of everyday life. Interesting ways to present basic and sometimes not so basic [~400k jpg] topics in science.
posted by talos (8 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Do not forget Britney Spear's Guide to Semiconductor Physics while chilling out to MC Hawking.
posted by jasonspaceman at 6:39 AM on November 8, 2002

What better way to reach someone than through a medium people have grown accustomed to. Innovated and motivational instruction is sorely lacking in today's school systems. Kudos to anyone wishing to improve upon it.....
posted by GT_RULES at 6:41 AM on November 8, 2002

Also see The Rudiments of Wisdom, a cartoon encyclopaedia drawn by Tim Hunkin.
posted by cogat at 6:43 AM on November 8, 2002

Man, people LOVE Gonick around here.

posted by 40 Watt at 7:49 AM on November 8, 2002

Another source of cartoon-based pedagogy I remember running across years ago is the "For Beginners" series, which is apparently now being published as the "Introducing..." series. (I couldn't find a web site for the series per se—that's the Amazon listing for Richard Appignanesi, the editor of the books.)
posted by staggernation at 8:16 AM on November 8, 2002

Oh, here.
posted by staggernation at 8:19 AM on November 8, 2002

All of Gonick's books rock... while delivering humor he doesn't skimp in the slightest on accuracy. If I were teaching a beginning computer science course, you can bet _The Cartoon Guide to Computer Science_ would be one of the texts.

He just came out with _The Cartoon History of the Universe, Vol. 3_ -- I'm looking forward to it. (The history books he researches himself; for all the other subjects, he's gotten a co-author.)
posted by Zed_Lopez at 11:40 AM on November 8, 2002

The linked comic refers to the TSP problem. At my campus and in most of my literature everyone refers to Travelling Salesman Problem as TSP for short. TSP expanded is Travelling Sales Person. It's interesting how the gender neutral version is used for short and the Gender biased version is the full form.

It's likely that TSP sounds better than TSM. Eventually though people while quit using Salesman and which to sales person if we keep uses the TSP acronym.
posted by abez at 8:21 PM on November 9, 2002

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