What is Physics and why do we study it?. Mr. Boehringer www.thephysicsman.com. We study physics specifically and science in general so that we can understand our universe.
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What is Physics and why do we study it?
We study physics specifically and science in general so that we can understand our universe.
Do we need to understand the universe to just live in it?No, you can skate by, but you should strive for basic literacy in science so that1) you cannot be potentially, easily mislead by others.2) you have some idea of what is going on with your health and the technology around you.3) you can live well.
Because it is amazing that we can hurl a 735,000 lb thing into the sky in a controllable flight!
747 taking off from Anchorage, AK
Because this bridge is made out of wood and still allows large, heavy trucks to roll across!
Because the universe is complicated and beautiful and how it works affects us, even if it is sometimes far away and we choose not to care.
The Carina Nebula and young stars
“Every living being is an engine geared to the wheelwork of the universe. Though seemingly affected only by its immediate surrounding, the sphere of external influence extends to infinite distance.”
“I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”
Physics is the poetry of nature.
“Nature” is what we see—The Hill—the Afternoon—Squirrel—Eclipse—the Bumble bee—Nay—Nature is Heaven—Nature is what we hear—The Bobolink—the Sea—Thunder—the Cricket—Nay—Nature is Harmony—Nature is what we know—Yet have no art to say—So impotent Our Wisdom isTo her Simplicity.
Nature is What We See --Emily Dickinson (668)
All of which boils down to
“how stuff moves”
I will not assign it if it is not important.
3)Use the online resources linked on the right side of my webpage.
4)Use the internet. You have access to the greatest compendium of knowledge ever put together by man. Make use of it. Learn to search it for what you need. Use, but don’t just mindlessly copy.
You can probably find most of your HW questions answered online. Doesn’t do you any good if you can’t figure it out for yourself.
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