Physics is the foundation for the modern technology America's standard of living is based on. Millions of Americans have used physics knowledge as a key to high-paying jobs in engineering, computer science, and medicine. Physics is the Rosetta Stone which translates mathematics into science. Yet a surprisingly large number of Americans are the victims of a horrifying array of physics misconceptions, many caused by the imprecise nature of everyday language.
At Intuitor we have decided to fight back
against the dark forces of ignorance and shine the bright light of truth on the wickedness of physics misconceptions through the lens of the Intuitor Physics Savvy Quiz. We have already taken a stand against the insultingly stupid movie physics foisted upon young and unsuspecting minds by the American Babylon called Hollywood. Yet, we find that bad physics thinking has already infected the minds of millions.
We urge you to take the Physics Savvy Quiz and
find out if you have been infected by the heinous virus of physics misconceptions. The quiz is painless and consists entirely of true-false questions. These can be answered without making calculations and are taken from concepts taught in introductory-level high school or middle school physical science classes. In other words, if you have never taken high school physics and can barely do algebra, you should still be able to answer the questions.
Beware, the physics terms used in the quiz have very specific meanings which may differ from everyday English.
Keep in mind that monkeys would have an average
score of 50%. People who score less than 75% should seek immediate professional help from their nearest qualified physics educator. For others we have included a list of self help books as shown below. Good luck!
Take the Intuitor Physics Savvy Quiz.
Self Help Books
by Paul G. Hewitt: This is the simplest physics textbook
available, and yet it does an excellent job of covering basic subjects.
It's expensive but is usually available as a used book and is well worth
Physics: From Aristotle to Einstein, and Beyond
by Tony Rothman: Rothman wrote this book specifically for the
individuals who sat through a basic physics class and didn't understand
it. It is a classic in its genre and is almost guaranteed to enlighten.
Physics : A Self-Teaching Guide
by Karl F. Kuhn: This is a best seller designed to teach basic physics.
It is a good book for anyone who is taking, or about to take, their first physics class.
- 4) Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics (see ad below)
- by Tom Rogers: explains physics basics in a humorous and engaging manner using examples from Hollywood movies.