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Elementary Physics and Chemistry First Stage

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THE importance of experimental science teaching in elementary schools is being more and more recognised by the Education Department every year. This tendency is seen in the course of elementary physics and chemistry for the upper standards, which was introduced into the Elementary Education Code for 1898. To meet the want thus created is the purpose of the present book, covering the first of the three parts into which the syllabus is divided. The plan of the book is admirable, and though the division of each lesson into “what to do,” “reading lesson,” and things “to be remembered,” involves a certain amount of repetition, there will be compensation to young students in the resulting clearness. Matters are so arranged that the lessons are suitable for classes in which each pupil can perform the experiments for himself, or for those in which they can be made by the teacher alone. In their anxiety to secure a logical sequence of thoughts, the authors have included a few experiments, the results of which we think might have been taken for granted; but, apart from this, the book seems well adapted for beginners in science. The clear and simple language, combined with a large number of excellent illustrations, can surely leave no doubt in the mind of the dullest pupil as to the ideas which are intended to be conveyed.

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