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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).

Rhett Creighton

Rhett Creighton - Company Founder

Rhett has always been drawn to unconventional methods of problem solving.  As an undergraduate at MIT, Rhett applied his technical skills to a variety of projects, designing and building everything from electronic thermometers, to award-winning robots, to web services that converted patents into formats preferred by law firms (and they paid for the service, too!).

Without a doubt, one key to Rhett's success lies in his ability to recognize opportunity. "The world is currently experiencing a revolution in recorded and streaming video information, [due to] lower costs and improvements in technology, such as that used in the booming smartphone market.  My phone has 8 times the RAM of the computer I took with me to college."

However, Rhett acquired the tools he needed to make his dreams a reality through his physics training. In choosing to major in physics, he realized that he would acquire a broad base of skills which he could then apply to any task.  

"I wanted to be able to invent things and solve problems without being bounded by current engineering conventions or practices. I'm always able to tackle and solve a problem using the mathematical, analytical, and software modeling tools I used in physics."