Now this is getting off topic.My experiences of physics sounds similar to AWOL's (although not so long ago ).They obviously can't teach you everything about everything but we seemed to cover a lot of stuff. They have to make it varied and teach a little bit about most things as people all have different interests and will go onto do different things at uni and beyond (even if they all do 'physics' at uni).
I was told 50% school physics teachers are not certified.
One student even stuck the wrong end of a mercury thermometer in the water since she's never seen one in her life LOL
Well that's one stupid student - I could have told you which end of a thermometer went in the water since I was about 4.
- In maths you get taught an awful lot of theoretical calculations but due to the way the mark schemes are set up - in most schools you won't get told any applications for any of these, why you'd use them etc. because you don't need to be taught that - which puts a lot of people off (it put me off).
For that reason, I'm seriously thinking of doing something to try and help this sorry state of affairs - teaching kids what they should know to get into modern technologies - teaching them how to use and understand a computer, what electronics actually do, how theoretical physics and maths links into programming and software, what kinds of products can be made (what and where they are used) etc.
I'm not saying that the physics taught at school isn't good enough,
I had a physics lesson today, and now I realise just how true all of this is. We were doing an invstigation about how the legnth of a sicamore seed wing affects the time it takes to fall. I had to describe to my teacher how the lift was created over the wing. Surely it should be the other way round - the teacher telling the student not the student telling the teacher?
It feels soooo good to know you're smarter than them xDBut on the other side, it's a bit alarming: what if we learn all kind of things wrong? [/what-if stuff]
The best people are lazy and don't bother remembering stuff but work it out from first principals every time.