In an age of digital technology and ever-increasing computing power, the college physics textbooks are increasingly becoming obsolete, and the most popular college physics text, The New Physics, is no exception.
A 2017 report from the National Center for Education Statistics found that just 9% of students take courses in the field of physics at the bachelor’s and master’s level, while more than 50% of those enrolled in advanced degrees in the subject do not take any courses at all.
As a result, the College Physics Department of Stanford University has had to create a new textbook to address the needs of these students.
According to a press release, “The new Physics textbook will contain updated material from more than 25 years of research and new topics for the students to explore, including the role of quantum physics in the modern world and the theory of relativity.
The new book also contains information on the latest developments in physics research, and includes an introduction to the field.”
While the new physics textbook is still in development, the university has also decided to make its college physics curriculum more accessible, and that means a new set of introductory courses that will help students understand basic concepts in the fields of optics, electromagnetics, and relativity.
According the university, these new courses are called the “New Physics,” and they will be offered in English and Spanish.
“As with any new technology, there are some issues with the new content, and it will be up to us to provide students with the tools and materials they need to learn how to apply the latest advances in physics and technology,” said professor Michael Lippmann, a former faculty member at Stanford.
“We know that people who are new to the area are often frustrated by textbooks they do not know what to expect, so we will be looking to improve the quality of our content through the use of new materials, and making it easier for students to learn about these new concepts.”