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Information for Educators

Overview

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 http://www.aps.org/programs/education/posters.cfm.

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).

Luz Martinez-Miranda

Luz Martinez-Miranda - Professor

Born in Maryland,  Luz Martinez-Miranda moved to Puerto Rico with her family when she was five. She attended University High School where she became interested in Physics,  through the field of optics. At the same time she was enrolled as a student at the Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico. She went on to attend the University of Puerto Rico where she majored in physics. She balanced her study with piano,  and by the time she finished her major,  she almost had enough credits to earn a second degree in piano performance,  and decided it would be a shame to not finish.

After earning a Master's from the University of Puerto Rico,  she went to graduate school at M.I.T. It was different that the University of Puerto Rico.  Physics classes at MIT were also much larger than those at the University of Puerto Rico.  "It wasn't a shock,  but it was different."

In graduate school and in her professional life,  Martinez-Miranda has learned to complete quality work without spending all her time in her lab. "You have to strike a balance, " she said. She still plays the piano,  but she doesn't own one. Instead,  she owns a harpsichord,  an instrument similar to the piano that was popular in the 1700s,  on which she plays music by composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach.