Basic Physics Concepts
By Andrew Zimmerman Jones, About.com Guide
- Introduction to Physics
- Mathematics & Other Physics Tools
- Fundamental Physics Discoveries & Laws
- History of Physics & Famous Physicists
Introduction to Physics
To begin the study of physics, you must first understand what the phrase itself means. Understanding what falls within the realm of physics - and what does not - helps focus the field of study so that you can formulate meaningful physics questions.
- Hypothesis, Model, Theory, & Law
- Popular Physics Myths
- Grand Ideas of Science
- The 5 Great Problems in Theoretical Physics
Mathematics & Other Physics Tools
The tools that physicists use range from the physical to the abstract, from balance scales to laser beam emitters to mathematics. Understanding this wide range of tools and the methods for applying them is essential to understanding the process that physicists go through in studying the physical world.
- Using Significant Figures & Scientific Notation
- Metric System - the International System of Measurements
- Introduction to Vector Mathematics
- Mathematical Properties of Waves
Fundamental Physics Discoveries & Laws
The goal of physics is to develop precise models of physical reality. The best case scenario is to develop a series of very fundamental rules to describe how these models function ... rules which are frequently called "laws," after they have been used successfully for many years.
History of Physics & Famous Physicists
Physics does not exist in a vacuum, of course (though some physics is practiced in a vacuum). The forces of history have shaped the development of physics as much as any other field in history, and it is often useful to understand the historical perspectives which have lead us to our current understanding ... including the many incorrect paths that were faltered along for far too long. It is also useful and intriguing to learn about the lives of the famous physicists of the past.