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Were there physics teaching aids used in the past? Or did professors just basically follow the textbook the students read?

In other words: How was physics was taught in the past?

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closed as off-topic by John Rennie, Chris White, Brandon Enright, JamalS, DavePhD May 22 '14 at 11:33

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This question appears to be off-topic because it is about teaching physics not doing physics. Possibly post on the Academia SE. – John Rennie May 22 '14 at 5:59
Or maybe History SE, since he's tagged that one also and maybe's guessing for the kind of philospohy used ? – Dominique May 22 '14 at 12:33
In any case---despite the fevered imagining of people who want you to believe that their newest teaching model is an abrupt departure from the past---there never was a "One True Way" to teach physics and the approach, the intensity of demonstration, and the organization of the material all varied. Textbooks from the mid- and early-twentieth century are remarkable only because they expect students to ponder what they have read and don't provide endless sidebars and boxes in an attempt to hide the actual text of the text. – dmckee May 22 '14 at 14:30

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