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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).

Gay Stewart

Gay Stewart - Physics Professor

Gay's Ph.D. dissertation was in the area of high energy physics. While a graduate student, she developed a strong interest in physics education reform.  When she came to the University of Arkansas, Gay began her work on Physics Education Research--a field of Physics which scientifically examines the effectiveness of Physics instruction methods--by engineering her own introductory Physics courses at the University of Arkansas.  In this process she improved the quality of Physics education for a number of her students, some of whom have written back to her years later to thank her for her efforts, even while pursuing careers in completely different fields.

Since then she has been involved in many initiatives to help improve high school Physics teacher preparation, such as PhysTEC and the College Ready Math and Physics Partnership.  She has also been highly involved in efforts to revise introductory Physics courses at universities to be more inquiry-based, and to train teaching assistants to teach these revised courses.