I love teaching, and I love physics. Combining the two, I guess I’ve chosen the perfect career.
Physics is a subject that I believe becomes more beautiful as one studies it. Maybe I’m wrong, but it seems that other subjects become more confusing as the details and rudiments of practice interfere with one’s appreciation. For example, in addition to teaching physics I’m a performing musician. I sometimes wish I wasn’t, just because it must be a wonderful “ignorance” to be able to listen to a beautiful work of art and not analyze it.
I think physics goes in the other direction. The pieces are interesting, but when you look at all the topics together there’s a certain beauty that comes from all the pieces.
I’d like to use some space on this blog to present a straightforward physics course in installment form. This course is designed for everyone — students, teachers, parents, and the everyday person that hated their high school physics class and wants another shot at it. Overall, I want you to have some appreciation for the subject I love.
I don’t have a Ph.D. in physics and I never will (due to lack of time, not lack of ability). Some topics in this course may be a little rough around the edges, so please bear with me. I ensure that the information is as accurate as I can make it, and I count on your support.
Physics is about both the qualitative (describing phenomena) and quantitative (measuring phenomena). This is only natural — in our attempts to understand nature we often need to know how much of something there is or how much energy it has. In order to provide a model for measurements and relationships, physicists use formulas to express ideas. I’m going to use a couple formulas here and there, but don’t be frightened by them. I’m going to aim to use as few formulas as possible, and when I use a formula I’m going to explain every little bit about its use. If you’re not a math person, it’s really okay. A few physicists in history, most notably Michael Faraday, had trouble with mathematics.
I hope you enjoy the course. This is a great experiment for me and hopefully this will be a rewarding experience for you! The first installment is coming soon.