Physics is a huge branch of science that helps us explore and understand our world and how it works around us. In this early Physics exploration class, we will learn about some of the basic tenets of Physics with examples from classic cartoons such as Wile E. Coyote, Bugs Bunny, and Fred Flintstone.
We will cover one of the following concepts:
- Week 1: Energy and different types of energy
- Week 2: Work and ways to make work easier (simple machines)
- Week 3: Matter and states of matter
- Week 4: Force and Motion
- Week 5: Speed and Acceleration
- Week 6: Flight and Gravity
- Week 7: Waves and Sound including the properties of waves
- Week 8: Electricity and magnetism including Ohm’s Law
Each week, I will post in the classroom a new lecture video that includes a Google slide show presentation that discusses the concepts of that week, shows video clips of a variety of classic cartoons and critique how and why these cartoons pertain to the basic tenets of physics. I will also post 2 more videos of my attempts at experiments that help solidify the week’s lessons. Students are expected to complete these experiments at home.
I will also post in the classroom additional outside resources for further experimentation and ideas.
Posting Time: Each lecture video and 2 corresponding experiment videos are posted by 8 am (EST) Monday of our class week. Students should submit photos or videos of their attempts at the 2 required experiments by Friday of that same week. Additional resources will be posted on Wednesday and Friday so students can try them. Students will use the Outschool classroom posting feature to submit their experiments, comment on fellow classmates’ experiments, discuss ideas, ask questions, and share tips and tricks with the teacher and fellow classmates.
Final note: Students will be able to access the forum at any time during the course. This will allow students from a variety of time zones to have the chance to interact with their fellow students and teacher. I will post daily questions, tips, and encourage students to participate and interact. Let Physics class be fun with science, cartoons, and experiments!