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Can you give me examples where the standard physics curriculum in high school or college is inaccurate? When did you realize you had been fed lies?

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closed as not constructive by Marek, David Z Mar 16 '11 at 16:18

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It's obvious that the subjects at high school are inaccurate insofar as is all physics: they are just approximations to better theories. But lies? I don't think so ;) Unless you have had a very bad teacher but I don't see how this information could be useful to anyone. Voting to close. – Marek Mar 16 '11 at 16:17
Me too. As always, if the community wants to make a case for reopening it I'm willing to listen. – David Z Mar 16 '11 at 16:19
The first part of the question might be reasonable. I can't think of an example offhand, but maybe there are misconceptions commonly taught in intro physics courses. I can give an example from a different field entirely--history. People are often taught that Columbus had to fight against the opinion that the earth was flat. Not true at all, but a lot of people were taught this. – Donald Mar 16 '11 at 22:06
The second part (when did you realize you were fed lies) is unnecessarily aggressive. I doubt anyone is consciously lying to high school students about physics. – Donald Mar 16 '11 at 22:07
"fed lies"? It is understandable that high school education leaves such feelings of betrayal in students. I felt that way for a while. Until I realized that the world is like is - If you wait for someone to feed you knowledge you will inevitably be fed nonsense. Search out your own intellectual nutrition, young Padu'an. – user346 Mar 16 '11 at 22:47