A conceivable scenario for developing an advanced technology approach
to the teaching of electromagetism is as follows:
Fall 1996: Selection of a set of five or ten electromagnetic demonstrations that are
both illustrative of basic physical phenomena and which can be profitably
illustrated and animated/simulated.
Spring-Summer 1997: Development of a set of video clips of these demonstratons and
animations as in the examples above. Develope accompanying
exposition illustrative of sample chapters of a text.
Fall 1997: Use of the material to get student reaction. Refine exposition appropriately.
With the video clips and animations,
with accompanying text, and student reaction, search for
substantial resources to develope a full text.
Spring 1998 - Summer 1999: Development of
of a full text similar to freshman textbooks in current use, linked
to demonstrations and animations. Text would be paper copy as well as
electronic. Contains additional demonstrations
and much more advanced animations/simulations (three-dimensional).
Development of active animations as
opposed to passive animations (that is, field lines calculated and displayed
in real time with parameters input
by the student,
as opposed to canned animations, as in the example above).
Fall 1999 - Summer 2000: Use of the full text in 8.02, with student
reaction. Production of a low cost version available to the public
with the text plus demos and animations. Text would be paper copy as well
as electronic. Freshman level.
Fall 2000 - Summer 2001: Development of a more advanced layer of text below the intial
freshman level. Covers the material in more advanced
courses in electromagnetism, e.g., MIT's 8.07 or 8.311/8.312. This
would include both passive and active animations on more advanced
topics, as appropriate.
Fall 2001: Use of the extended text in advanced courses in electromagnetism,
for student evaluation. Updating of the earlier material
in keeping with advances in technology.
Initial publication of a complete text on electromagnetism which
covers introductory to advanced topics, with demos and animations, both
passive and active. Text would be paper copy as well as
electronic copy with animations.