Using a mix of free online videos, readings, and simulations (before each class), we’ll prepare for discussions and experiments (during classes) in four domains of classical physics: forces and motion; electricity and magnetism; waves, sound, and light; and heat and temperature. We’ll endeavor to bring key concepts to life and to put discoveries in their historical context. Contributions from historically marginalized people will be examined alongside the better-known stories of men like Galileo, Newton, and Faraday. Eclipses? LASIK? Electric cars? Wi-fi? We’ll dig in. Curiosity is the only prerequisite for this class, though we may enter mathematical or technical territory as the interests and backgrounds of participants suggest.
Joshua Roth is an astronomer and editor who teaches physics at Arlington High School and stargazing at Wright-Locke Farm.