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Why Physics?. Welcome to Open House 2011. Origins of Belief Systems. There are MANY different systems of belief. Each system has its own foundation. Revelation/Epiphany Mysticism/Paranormal Innate Dogmatism Empiricism.  The foundation of science!. Acceptance of Non-Empirical Beliefs.

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why physics

Why Physics?

Welcome to Open House2011

origins of belief systems
Origins of Belief Systems

There are MANY different systems of belief.

Each system has its own foundation.


 The foundation of science!

acceptance of non empirical beliefs
Acceptance of Non-Empirical Beliefs

Any sort of philosophy is NOT a lesser school of thought than science….

….it is just different… …and it is NOT science!

what is science
What is Science?


  • is guided by natural law
  • must explain what is observed with reference to natural law
  • is testable (against the observed world) and therefore possibly falsifiable
  • has conclusions that are tentative pending additional information – therefore science is self correcting
so why physics what will your student learn from this class
So…Why Physics?What will your student learn from this class?
  • Hopefully some physics.
    • The student, their families, the school board and colleges expect students to leave this class well versed in the theories and applications of physics.
  • Problem Solving and Technical Writing Skills
    • The ability to analyze a situation and communicate your thoughts/findings to someone else are vital skills in ANY career field.
  • To work efficiently and effectively in groups and independently.
  • To be a better consumer of science.
    • Magazines, commercials and the news often list facts that are “scientifically” based…but are you getting the whole story? Is there an agenda to consider? What other facts/statistics are available to consider?
  • To be better citizens.
    • By becoming more analytical, students will be more thoughtful in analyzing statistics, deciphering media, filtering through political agendas and communicating with others.
so why physics how will we go about learning
So…Why Physics?How will we go about learning?

Throughout the duration of this class students will:

  • participate in lectures and group discussions.
  • develop their problem solving skills through daily homework; in-class activities; extended projects and lab investigations.
  • develop their technical writing skills by participating in lab activities; in-class activities and extended projects.
  • Develop skills to be better consumers of science and citizens by participating in lab activities and discussions designed to make them question the validity of statistical evidence.
so why physics what about the work load
So…Why Physics?What about the work load?
  • Physics is naturally difficult for many students, and your student should expect to spend time on physics every day.
    • You and your student can keep up to date on our schedule by visiting the class webpage.
    • Students should always be informed of assignments and due dates by visiting the class webpage.
    • Honors physics students earn 20% more credit for this course (rather than the regular physics course), thus they are expected to put out 20% more effort.
      • That translates to a faster pace curriculum covering more difficult material, and more challenging projects.
so why physics what about the projects
So…Why Physics?What about the Projects?
  • Students do research projects in all of their classes. Physics projects are no different – students are expected to RESEARCH a variety of topics in order to BUILD a device.
    • Quarter 1 = Egg Drop (details are online NOW)
    • Quarter 2 = Mousetrap Car
    • Quarters 3 and 4 = Balsa wood bridges
    • Quarter 4 = Honors Physics: Book Project = Regular Physics: Nothing (for now)
if your student struggles
If your student struggles….

DON’T PANIC! Physics may require your student to study in ways that they have not had to in the past. This may take a little while for some students, but it will come.

  • Encourage your student to speak up and ask questions during class.
  • Encourage your student to do what is asked of them (LISTEN, take notes, ask questions, be productive, work on homework, and use notes and book to study)
  • Encourage your student to attend a second lecture.
  • Some students may benefit from a study guide; please check the “references” page of the physics website for recommendations.
if you need us
If you need us….
  • The best way to contact us is by email. We will check email at least twice a day.

When you contact us, please give a brief synopsis of your question/concern as well as the best time and method (email or phone) to reach you.



You can also reach us by voicemail, however, we do not check voicemail as regularly.

i want your student to consider
I want your student to consider...

"I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something." — Richard P. Feynman