I remember the day in my high school physics class that we learned that all objects have their own gravitational field. Because of this, not only does the Earth have a gravitational pull on me, but I also have a gravitational pull on the Earth. My mind was blown.
I also learned that gravity could pull on light and that a star’s light bends around massive objects such as the sun. Later, I remember learning about relativity and that time goes slower the faster you move. In college, I learned about quantum mechanics, that elementary particles act as a wave and particle. Due to this, the simple act of observing an experiment can change the outcome of the experiment.
In my opinion, there are so many aspects of physics that are just unbelievably amazing. The simple facts of how our world operates leave me in awe over and over again. Like astronomy, physics is a field that makes me feel more humble the more I learn. My kids may not grow up to be physicists, but I hope they learn to appreciate and respect the beauty and simplicity of the physical laws that govern our universe.
The field of mechanics explain how objects move (dynamics) or don’t move (statics). Fluid mechanics explain the motion of fluids such as water and air. It’s helpful to know a little calculus when studying the actual equations that govern motion, but it’s definitely possible to introduce young kids these concepts without using math at all.
Electricity and magnetism are areas of physics that can seem a little magical to kids (and to many adults). While we use electricity and magnets in our daily lives, how they work is a mystery to most people.
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