Scholars Propose Studying Physics through Detective Stories

UTMN scholars have created exercises in physics based on extracts from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s writings. The article with the exercises has been published in the research and methodological journal Concept. 


“Using fiction in physics lessons appeared to be very efficient if certain methodological requirements are maintained,” believes UTMN associate professor Elena Yermakova. “The fragment used should be related to a certain topic in the physics syllabus, complement the core material and have such artistic merits as distinctive and compelling images and characters and succinctness. The text should stimulate students' motivation for studying and emphasize the importance of knowing physics in everyday life”. 

According to the scholar, literature helps to make a lesson more varied and memorable, thereby stimulating students’ mental activity. Using fragments of detective stories gives students the opportunity to learn in a more relaxed manner. The specialists claim that using 1-3 extracts during a lesson is effective but emphasize the importance that these exercises are not designed to replace other experiments and tasks, but to complement them.

On 22 May, 2019, people all over the world will celebrate 160 anniversary of the birth of Arthur Conan Doyle. Even now, the interest in the father of Sherlock Holmes’ life remains strong. As reported in global media, a 53-page manuscript called The Adventure of the Dancing Men, handwritten by Doyle in 1903, has recently been sold at the auction in the USA for 312.5 thousand dollars. 

Source: UTMN Department of Strategic Communications 

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