Reading assignment: PpP 3.1-3.5; 17.1,17.2
Boy, math-heavy reading for today!
But this discussion is a model for one of those (many different) skills that you need to foster as a physicist (or an engineer, or physical scientist)---the skill of coming up with a guess, trying it out, figuring out why you have to reject it, and then coming up with another guess that is only slightly more complicated, and then continuing the loop until you get something that works.
What was wrong with the first solution that was tried in the reading today (PpP
section 3.2)? What assumption did it start with and how could Dr. Durfee tell
that that assumption
How did the next guess (section 3.3) build on the first?