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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I use the course with my high school AP physics students?
  2. Will the course be updated when new discoveries are made?
  3. Why doesn't the course cover classical mechanics?

1. Can I use the course with my high school AP physics students?

Answer: Yes. Parts of Physics for the 21st Century can be used with AP physics students as a supplement to classical physics foundation topics. The videos and video extras—used in part or as a whole—as well as many of the activities in the Facilitator's Guide, are particularly appropriate for use in the classroom. Further, because the course looks at advances in physics, it will help students appreciate the cutting edge advances being made through physics and their potential impact on everyday life.

2. Will the course be updated when new discoveries are made?

Answer: No. But, this new course will open the doors to an exciting world of ideas, to help bridge the gap between what is being taught in high school and college and what is exciting physics researchers today.

3. Why doesn't the course cover classical mechanics?

Answer: Using basic ideas from classical physics as a springboard, and developing the ideas of modern physics such as quantum mechanics, general relativity, and nuclear interactions, Physics for the 21st Century will take learners to the next level. To learn more about classical physics visit the course The Mechanical Universe, which helps teachers demystify physics by showing students what it looks like through field trips, computer graphics, and reenactments. The Mechanical Universe helps meet different students' needs, from the basic requirements of liberal arts students to the rigorous demands of science and engineering majors.