Why study physics? Because life is impossible without physics! Physics is the science of matter and energy, so, basically, everything that is not alive. Without physics, there would be no grocery laser scanners, space rockets, light bulbs, digital cameras, cars, cell phones, solar panels, airplanes, DVD players, Flat Screen TVs, computers, or MP3 players.
Are you convinced yet? If not, here’s a bit more information. We will be studying electricity, the human eye and how it sees color, and the reflection and refraction of light.
Here are some fun facts that we will discuss:
Electricity travels at the speed of light, about 300,000 kilometers per second. A spark of static electricity can measure up to 3,000 volts. The average taser emits 50,000 volts. A bolt of lightning can measure up to three million (3,000,000) volts (and lasts less than one second).
Light travels very, very fast. The speed of light in a vacuum (an area empty of matter) is around 186,000 miles per second (300,000 kilometers per second). Light takes 1.255 seconds to get from the Earth to the Moon. Other animals can see parts of the light spectrum that humans can’t. For example, a large number of insects can see ultraviolet (UV) light.
Prepare for an exciting ride through a wide array of physics phenomena with fun hands-on activities and experiments!
- Minimum recommended age: 13
- Instructor: Ms Hansa Sigar
- Mondays, 12:45-1:45 PM ET
- September 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1
- 8 classes