Excerpt II From The PSSC Film Frames of Reference (1961)

15 Dec
Producer  Richard Leacock. Watertown, Mass. : Educational Service, Inc
Contributors  Cast, Donald Ivey and Patterson Hume
Length  6 min
B&W/Color  b&w
UO Library Catalog description:  Presented by the Physical Science Study Committee with the cooperation of The Commission of College Physics under a grant from the National Science Foundation
Call # FILM Ma130
Genre  instructional
Rare  yes
Online  yes; Internet Archive
Copyright status  public domain
Physical condition  good
Oregon-related  no


The complete film is somewhat more commonly owned, with 15 instances on VHS and film. It was produced by Richard Leacock and is a physics instruction short incorporating a variety of camera tricks and deadpan narration from two professors. The PSSC -Physical Science Study Committee- was a 1950s movement to teach physics in a more intuitive and experimental manner, a partial response to Soviet advances; its course materials are remembered by at least one teacher as examples of outstandingly elegant and challenging course design.

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