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It may seem to some readers that we are contributing to the stereotyping of women by trying to write problems with a “typical” female context. Nothing could be further from our intentions. We know that women can be astronauts, fly airplanes, and play hockey, and we are delighted to see doors open and barriers fall. We know that some women are attracted to traditional problems—in fact as women in physics, we ourselves obviously enjoy traditional problems. For women with these interests, there are plenty of problems available, and it is not necessary for us to make up any more. Our problems are for students, both women and men, who might be more attracted to problems that emphasize other contexts. It is our hope that these problems will attract people to physics that have not in the past been interested. In addition, finding new contexts in which to apply the laws of physics emphasizes the universal application of the laws of physics, which is good for all students and, indeed for all physicists.

 

Posted on 8/1/05

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