What distinguishes the world’s great chefs from the millions of adequate cooks is an understanding of the concepts of cooking. We strive for a similar appreciation of physics concepts in our students. Most of the time the problems in physics textbooks do not require much understanding to obtain the answer in the
back of the book. To enhance such a cookbook problem, we may provide superfluous information like the velocity of the object or its color. Students must know the
concepts well enough to understand that the velocity and color are not needed. Only the capable chef can ensure that the soufflé will rise. Other examples of providing superfluous information in physics are presented in this chapter.
Type Book ChapterPub Date 1/1/2006Stock # PB198X_36