Unit 1

What is Physics?

What are the tools we use to study physics? 

What is Physics? 

  Physics is one of the oldest academic disciplines, perhaps the oldest through its inclusion of astronomy. Over the last two millennia, physics was a part of natural philosophy along with chemistry, certain branches of mathematics, and biology, but during the Scientific Revolution in the 16th century, the natural sciences emerged as unique research programs in their own right. Physics intersects with many interdisciplinary areas of research, such as biophysics and quantum chemistry, and the boundaries of physics are not rigidly defined. Indeed, new ideas in physics often explain the fundamental mechanisms of other sciences, while opening new avenues of research in areas such as mathematics and philosophy.

      Physics also makes significant contributions through advances in new technologies that arise from theoretical breakthroughs. For example, advances in the understanding of electromagnetism or nuclear physics led directly to the development of new products which have dramatically transformed modern-day society, such as television, computers, domestic appliances, andnuclear weapons; advances in thermodynamics led to the development of industrialization; and advances in mechanics inspired the development of calculus.

Definition Provided by Wikipedia 

What is Physics?

New Media Assignment 

What is Physics?

Goal: Student will create a New Media Presentation on "what is physics".  

The presentation will included the following items:

1. What is physics?  Give some real life examples of physics in action  (10 points)

2. Why should we study physics? (10 points)

3. Who uses physics? (10 points)

10 points will given for presentation quality

10 points will also be given for creativity

10 points will also be handed out in "warm ups" an "tickets out the door"

Some "New Media" tools that can be used for this presentation are VoiceThread  Prezzie or the document camera 

What is Physics? 


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