After years of debate and research, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has replaced a large introductory physics course with smaller classes that emphasize hands-on, interactive learning--a move that reflects a growing national trend, reports the New York Times. For as long as anyone can remember, introductory physics at MIT was taught in a vast windowless amphitheater known by its number, 26-100. Squeezed into the rows of hard, folding wooden seats, as many as 300 freshmen anxiously took notes while the professor covered multiple blackboards with mathematical formulas and explained the principles of Newtonian mechanics and electromagnetism. But now, with physicists...

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