The Teaching of Elementary Mechanics


THIS little book is another addition to many outcomes of Prof. Perry's never-failing activity and energy in trying to improve the teaching of our schools in matters connected with elementary science. At the British Association in Johannesburg last year, Prof. Perry, in the midst of his arduous, duties as general treasurer of the association, found time to open a discussion on the teaching of elementary mechanics, and, not content with this, he collected the remarks of all the speakers at the meeting, and specially engaged a “chiel takin' notes” to keep a record of their speeches. He next wrote round to a large number of teachers and others in England, and if he only received eleven replies it cannot be denied that. the writers of these replies fairly represented all sorts and conditions of men, and that the subject has been discussed, (1) in its academic aspect, (2) from the point of view of the experienced school-master, and (3) from the standpoint of the engineer. The book contains a reprint of the recommendations of the Committee of the Mathematical Association on the Teaching of Elementary Mechanics.

The Teaching of Elementary Mechanics.

Discussion which took place at Johannesburg at the British Association Meeting in South Africa on August 29, 1905, in Section A, Prof. Forsyth, President of the Section, in the Chair, together with written criticisms and a paper by C. E. Ashford John Perry. Pp. 74. (London: Macmillan and Co., Ltd., 1906.) Price 2s. net.

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B., G. The Teaching of Elementary Mechanics . Nature 75, 317–318 (1907).

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