Teaching symmetry in the introductory physics curriculum

Modern physics is largely defined by fundamental symmetry principles and Noether’s theorem. Yet these are not taught, or rarely mentioned, to beginning students, thus missing an opportunity to reveal that the subject of physics is as lively and contemporary as molecular biology, and as beautiful as the arts. We prescribe a symmetry module, of a week’s length, to insert into the curriculum.

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