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Teaching and Learning Physics in a
Research Group, College of Education
Physics Education Department,
Seoul National University
The Physics Learning Research Group from the College
of Education of Seoul National University in Korea developed some
questions that were presented atthe International Conference
of Physics Teachers and Educators, at Guilin, Peoples Republic
of China held last August 19-23, 1999. The series of questions
was part of a workshop on "Teaching and Learning Physics in
a Cultural Context", and aimed to elicit the participants
comments and suggestions on how to make the questions better, and
to encourage them to make their own questions that their group can
ask to students at Seven Star Park in Guilin, PR China.
The questions were:
- Floral Bridge
The bridge is about 125m long and
said to have been built about 1,000 years
(Q1-1) According to some
guide books, the bridge has been destroyed
every 62 years and rebuilt many times.
Can you guess the cause of
this periodic collapse of the bridge?
(Q1-2)In the next figure,
you can see a peculiar structure of a bridge
roof. Why did they use many horizontal beams?
Are they just for appearance or are they
necessary to make the roof safer?
- Lament Wind Cave
The cave looks like a natural air conditioner. You
can feel a cool wind in front of the cave.
(Q2-1) How does the wind come from
the cave? Can you explain the cause of this cold
(Q2-2) Is the speed of the wind
always the same? Which factors can play an important
role in determining the speed of the wind from the