A Note for Teachers

When this unit was tested by playing the audio tapes and showing slides in high school classrooms, it proved too difficult for the students. So we did not develop it as we did the Fission and Optical Pulsar units. However, reading the central interview with J. Robert Schrieffer could be assigned as a short homework task (the other materials could serve as extra credit, or simply stimulation, for advanced students). Permission is granted to print it out and distribute copies if this is better for you than assigning online reading; note the pdf file. A class discussion or assigned essay could address such questions as:

Note also the Oak Ridge National Lab's Teacher's guide to superconductivity for high school students.