Physics Book Club
NEW Course! “Physics books written “for the layperson” can be a wonderful introduction to the crazy world of modern physics. The fascinating concepts of quantum mechanics, wave-particle duality, relativity, extra dimensions, string theory, gravity waves, dark matter and more can be explained to a significant depth even without using math. Super exciting for anyone interested in how the universe works!” ~Dr. Tanya Hughes
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Step 2: Enroll Your Registered Student
|Instructor||Dr. Tanya Hughes|
|Content Levels||Grades 6-7 • Middle School|
Grades 7-8 • Junior High
Grades 9-10 • Lower High School
Grades 11-12 • Upper High School
|Course Length||16 weeks|
|Live Webinars Held On||Thursdays 2:00 - 3:00 PM Pacific - 8/17/23 - 12/16/23|
- We Have No Idea by Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson – a light-hearted description of all the things about the universe we DON’T know (though along the way we also hear about a lot of things that we DO know, like relativity, gravity, the standard model, and quantum mechanics).
- Quantum Enigma by Bruce Rosenblum and Fred Kuttner – a college-level, non-mathematical explanation of the weirdness of quantum mechanics.
What to expect in the Required section in the classroom each week:
- Students will need to read about 40 pages per week
- Students will also prepare one slide listing their thoughts/questions from the reading. We will share these in class as a start to our discussion.
What to expect in the Highly Suggested & Optional sections in the classroom each week:
- Supplementary links to related videos or websites
What to expect during the weekly webinar:
- We’ll share the slides the students created and review the content from the week’s reading. Students will not be required to orally present their slide if they don’t want to. I’ll give some background information on the week’s topic if needed. We’ll discuss questions that come up for the students during the reading, and see where the ideas lead us!
What to expect during the semester:
- Reading two popular science books
- Having a fun group in which to discuss the ideas!
- Gaining a good understanding of the ideas
- Be introduced to modern physics and some current questions physicists have!
Before taking this course, students should be able to:
- Read at an upper high school level.
Students should be willing to:
- Read about 40 pages per week
- Write down their thoughts and questions on a slide each week
Required text and materials:
- We Have No Idea by Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson
- Quantum Enigma by Bruce Rosenblum and Fred Kuttner