Daily Use of Physics
Jason L. McDuffy
University of Memphis
Physics 1 (online)
Daily Use of Physics
Physics is considered to be a powerful lens that helps people view the everyday world. Physics is reflected in the everyday phenomena, puzzles and toys that offer a variety of interesting challenges leading to deep and interesting problems that derive from science and mathematics. It provides us an understanding of energy, motion and explains these facts as a combination of fundamental particles interacting through fundamental forces. Hence, it is a study of natural phenomena (Oerter, 2006). Physics is everywhere around us. It is the backbone for any daily life example including electricity, electric light, wristwatch, CD player, cell phone, radio, plasma TV set, computer, refrigerator, and others. Any technology that is used in our daily life is related to this science. In addition, it is believed that physics is a necessity in solving a number of future problems as all forward-looking developments are based on the insights of physics. These potential problems may be related to the development of fuel cells, nuclear fusion as an energy source, and others. Once upon a time our eyes were the only way for us to see the world. But increasingly sophisticated instruments developed by physicists have allowed us a window onto sights that our ancestors would never have dreamt of. Microscopes have exposed the inner workings of our cells, making modern medicine possible. Just think of what science would be like now without our modern microscopes! Our electron microscopes now days can even zoom in to the level of individual molecules and atoms, and revolutionary imaging techniques like MRI machines or X-ray machines allow doctors to spy on brain activity or broken bones, fixing problems that only a few years ago would have killed people. Another great invention was the light bulb. We just take it for...
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Oerter, R. (2006). The theory of almost everything: The standard model, the unsung triumph of modern physics. Plume.
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