Real World Applications: Students applying physics to their world
To help students critically think about how physics applies to them, and to help them understand topics better by explaining them to someone else, I ask students to create an "RWA" project. This RWA involves a topic of their choice that they use to help their friends/family/co-workers understand physics better.
"As much as I hate to admit that the RWA actually helped me, it truly did. [It] helped me understand how to apply the conceptual knowledge I had about torque...to an actual problem. I understood how to use the equations and creating my own problem to solve was really helpful."
--Reluctant 6A student (expresses sentiments shared in many student responses)
Below are a few student examples.
Physics Survival Guide
By Leslie Bustillo-Moreno and Angelica Sanchez
Mario Kart Physics
By Geena Zhou
Physics of Tennis
By Alex Herbert
Dad's Most Important Shot
By Phat-Tan Nguyen and Journne Herrera
The Physics of Cheerleading
By Lona Salazar, Fred Rong and Naveen Qureshi
The Physics Behind Dance
By Diana Alvizo, Annie Schloen, Thu Mai, and Amy Liao