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What is the best way to learn Physics?

The best way to learn Physics is to ask questions. And, then look for the answer. Then, check if your answer makes sense. If not, ask another question. Do this repeatedly and you’d have learned some Physics.

Physics is the study of the world around you. And this world is full of wonders. You just have to question the most obvious things, the things that you see everyday and take for granted. Let me share a few examples:

There is wind blowing outside. What makes the air move? Who pushes it?

You can listen to the sound of the wind. What causes that sound the be produced?

You step outside and the same wind makes you feel cold. The air is not cold but the fact that it is moving changes everything. What makes the moving air male us feel cold?

The things around you are begging to be questioned. The topics of Heat, Force and Sound are all around you. When you find the answers, you learn these concepts better.

Are children learning Physics currently?

Physics is like an ocean. It has fishes, coraf reef and turtles inside. It is deep and beautiful. Unfortunately, children don't even get to touch the surface of physics. They 'learn' Physics but do not learn Physics.

The problem is that children are not used to thinking in this manner. The curiosity that they have in childhood is lost while preparing for exams. They start scoring well in their Physics exams and they start thinking they are learning Physics. And, after each exam, they are awarded for answering questions, whose answers were already available in teachers' notes.

Learning Physics is a journey of struggle. Children need to get used to it.

Children need to do the heavy-lifting.

When you learn Physics and seek answers to questions, you are proven wrong many times. Your answer or hypothesis may not tally with the experiment. This forces you to think again. After a roller coster ride of thinking and questioning, you start learning Physics better.

How should children learn Physics?

Children need a method that teaches Physics by asking them questions and making them see the wonder of Physics. A combination of Socratic style of questioning and Walter Lewin's experiments

I would recommend a new app called Open Door Unbox. Open Door Unbox allows children to think on their own without 'lecturing' them. It also shows children the wonders of Physics with beautiful experiments.

It is developed by a team that thinks Science, eats Science and dreams Science!

You can download the app here: Google Play, Apple Store

WritTEN BY

Aneesh Bangia

Aneesh Bangia is the co-founder of Open Door. He writes about the past, present and future of education.

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