Physical Science

Physics and Math

I'm in my first year of co-teaching as a resident, and I will be teaching one block of physics this year (my background is in biology). One of the challenges that I noticed today on the first day of class is that many of my students seem to dislike math or find it to be a major area of weakness. I was wondering if there is a way to make physics less intimidating to students who are less inclined for mathematics. Any suggestions?

Justin Han
Justin Han
540 Activity Points

Physics is about ideas and the math is the language used to concretely express those ideas. When they have a solid grasp of the idea through hands-on experimentation and observation, the math starts to take shape naturally. When they get to the point where they develop their own unique ideas, they can hire someone who's good at math through their grant. No worries. I teach in China. I refuse to let them use math until they can write what is happening in English. If they can describe what is happening, that's the most important. -- Thank you,

Amy George
Amy George
61165 Activity Points

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