Page count: 486 pages
Format: Fr/5, fűzve
Category: Math, Informatics and Science
Original price: 4500 Ft
„Far beyond high-school level”, it is by an allusion to a well-known phrase coined by a Hungarian poet that the reviewer characterized this collection of exercises compiled for talented high-school students. What Hungarians mean by this is that teaching should not aim merely for routine, but for creativity and a deeper understanding of ideas.
The renowned „Teacher” was an emblematic figure in Hungarian physics teaching, which was outstanding across Eastern Europe. The fact that these countries condemned to seclusion often found their freedom in solving physics or mathematical exercises might have been the foundation of this blossoming culture.
The book covers traditional topics, but rather than a mechanical preparation for examinations it offers young people the opportunity for creative understanding. Exercises and solutions contained in this book show the up-growing generation an example of how far one can get relying on high-school physics and how rich the toolset of problem solving can be.
While presenting the solutions the author demonstrates problem solving strategies, the art of finding the right solution, the possibilities to check the results and of course the discussion of the solutions.
The usability of the book is greatly enhanced by the fact that the author gives, in all cases, the solution process and the end-result in a parametric form as well. The parametric solution accentuates the vein of thinking involved and makes the sometimes subtle work transparent: this way it is always possible to grasp the physical content of the formulas and see how steps are built on each other.
László Holics has been teaching physics at the best high-school in Budapest for 51 years. He is organizer and curator of Hungarian and international physics competitions and holds several awards. Some of his students are well-known in international physics circles and those who are not, simply like physics.
János Komlós, Professor (The State University of New Jersey.)
Ferenc Mezei, Professor 1999 Walter Hälg Prize, (Los Alamos National Laboratory USA, Hahn-Meitner-Institut, BENSC, 14109 Berlin, Germany)
Gábor Bojár (Graphisoft, global company.)
Károly Szegő A NASA amerikai űrügynökség elismerő oklevéllel, Group Achievement Award díjjal (Member of Division III Commission 15 Physical Studies of Comets & Minor Planets, Member of Division III Planetary Systems Sciences)
Tamás Tél Institute of Physics · Department of Theoretical Physics
Károly Holczer (Department of Physics and Astronomy, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1547 USA)
László HOLICS, physicist, physics teacher has been teaching in the Apaczai Secondary School since 1959. He worked for the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, now he is a popular teacher among his students and the winner of numerous awards, the prestigious Rátz László Honorary Award for Teachers included. He wrote plentiful renowned books on physics, he is the head of committee of the National Physics Competition for Secondary School Students, and he is the honorary president of Roland Eötvös Physical Society’s Education Committee.