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Information for Educators


Physics teachers and professors are likely to be the only physicists your students know! So when they have questions about physics and what physicists do, they may come to you for advice. In this section you will find suggestions for ways in which you can cultivate your students' curiosity for learning more about how and why physicists study the world around them.

Tools and Resources

Why Study Physics Poster

APS and AAPT worked together to create a "Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Take Physics" poster. These posters (along with other educational posters) are available through the APS website at

Why Study Physics poster10. This is actually a joke; there is no way to get out of a black hole! But the APS outreach website PhysicsCentral has an article about this fascinating subject.

9. Many people who have studied physics report it helps them develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

8. Why the sky is blue
Why the world goes round (you might have heard it was love, but Newton knew the real answer)
The physics of climate change.

7. This report shows that physics majors get among the highest MCAT scores, and the highest LSAT scores of all undergraduate majors.

6. For some of those recession-proof jobs, see our physicist profiles or the University of Texas website.

5. Mathematics provide the tools physicists use to understand the world we live in. Nobel Prize winner Eugene Wigner explored this theme in a famous essay called The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences.

4. Almost a third of all physics bachelor's recipients who go into the private sector take engineering jobs. See more interesting physics employment facts.

3. Keivan Stassun explores the mysteries of the universe.
Marta Dark-McNeese uses lasers to develop new medical techniques.
Kate McAlpine became an international rap sensation with the Large Hadron Rap.
Kenneth Jensen solves the world's energy problems for Makani Power.

2. Without physics there would be no:

1. Physics makes you more attractive to university recruiters, future employers, and that cutie you have your eye on. (You'll just have to trust us on that last one).

Andrew Post-Zwicker

Andrew Post-Zwicker - Director of Science Education

Andrew Post-Zwicker was not sure whether he wanted to study math or engineering at Bard College, in Annandale-on-Hudson,  New York. But one of his professors took him under his wing and introduced Andrew to physics. He did well in his physics classes, and moved on to Johns Hopkins University for his graduate work in Plasma, after which he did postdoctoral research at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Germany.

But Andrew found that he was having a hard time sitting in front of computers all day, and became frustrated with his field--until he had what he calls the "life changing experience" of taking on a struggling urban high school student. The girl's school system had not been helping her achieve her potential, "She was way behind her peers in terms of what she knew, " says Andrew, "but way ahead in focus, maturity, and ambition." Andrew helped her get into a private school on a scholarship (she proceeded to go on to medical school). This experience ignited his love of teaching--which he often accomplishes through direct involvement of undergraduates and high school students in his plasma research!  Andrew's passion for--and dedication to--teaching is clear.  "I've got the best job. No one can top my job, " he says.