Teaching Physics with the Physics Suite

Edward F. Redish

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Building a physics building

Suppose you are an architect working with a building contractor who is building an exact copy of your university's physics building for a downstate campus. You notice on the contractor's materials sheet that the number of bricks seems way out of line. Estimate the number of bricks required. Try to get the answer within a factor of 2. (You may go and look at the building.)

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