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Structure and Properties of Matter

In about the first ten years of science at Sussex, all science students were required to study Structure and Properties of Matter, a course conceived by Roger Blin-Stoyle, as described in his 1961 article and subsequently in a book (see the reference in the article below).

Two of the lecturers on this course were David Betts (now Emeritus Reader) and Alan Walton (who subsequently moved to the Open University). In this article, originally written for the IoP journal Physics Education, they describe how they developed a 'double-act' (or Socratic) approach to teaching it.

An account of the accompanying laboratory classes can be found in Geoff Jones's reminiscences.