Philosophical Thoughts in the Teaching of Electrodynamics

Haiyan Li, Yongping Li
2010 Asian Social Science  
As the important part of the theoretical physics, the electrodynamics is a theoretical basic course of the physics and relative subjects. To adapt the demands for cultivating the target of highly-quality talents in the 21st century, to properly add relative philosophical thoughts can not only deepen students' cognition about the electromagnetic law, but can further cultivate students' scientific thinking ability, which is very important for cultivating innovational talents with high quality.
more » ... th high quality. Combining with teaching experiences, the philosophical thoughts in the teaching of electrodynamics are analyzed in this article from five aspects including the general and the special, the abstract and the concrete, the local and the whole, the matter and the movement, and the time and the space. The electrodynamics is a complete and accurate classical physics theory. The basic law of the electromagnetic movement is presented dialectically and scientifically by beautiful, harmonious, simple and symmetrical equation and profound electromagnetic concepts, and its physical contents not only have higher quantification degree, but contain abundant philosophical thoughts. In the electrodynamics materials compiling and the classroom teaching, the transfer and understanding of the scientific knowledge are generally emphasized, but the necessary and complete discussion about the philosophical thoughts are deficient. In fact, to add relative philosophical thoughts education properly in the teaching of electrodynamics could not only deepen students' cognition about the electromagnetic law, but can further cultivate students' scientific thinking ability, which is very important for cultivating innovational talents with high quality. The philosophical category in the electrodynamics is wide, and classical philosophical problems include following aspects.
doi:10.5539/ass.v6n3p142 fatcat:dn7z752zqbdvnhuffk4pcgvove