By Dr. Herman M. Lagon
WHILE physics may not appeal to everyone, its significance and benefits are profound for those who embrace it. As a physics teacher, I firmly believe in its immense value. It unveils the mysteries of the universe and nurtures our curiosity regarding the functioning of the world. Physics transcends theory and formulas, involving practical experiments that offer tangible, hands-on experiences. Through active engagement, students gain a profound understanding and cultivate vital critical thinking and problem-solving skills, fostering comprehensive learning.
One of the fascinating aspects of physics is its versatility. Physicists are not confined to a single career path. The skills you acquire while studying physics can be applied in various fields, opening up many future career possibilities. Physics graduates can thrive in diverse industries, from finance to research to engineering. It’s worth mentioning that even musicians can utilize physics in their craft, as it provides insights into the science behind sound and acoustics.
Moreover, physics serves as the language of the universe. It explains everything around us, from the tiniest particles to the vast cosmos. By delving into the principles of physics, you gain a comprehensive understanding of the world’s interconnectedness. This knowledge allows you to make sense of complex systems and phenomena that shape our existence.
Pop culture icons like Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking, and fictitious astrophysicist Sheldon Cooper of “The Big Bang Theory” have popularized physics and brought it into the mainstream. Their contributions to science and their ability to convey complex ideas in a relatable manner have sparked interest and curiosity in many. Additionally, the influence of great physicists like Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and Marie Curie continues to resonate with people of all backgrounds, inspiring them to explore the universe’s wonders.
While some may perceive physics as daunting and abstract, it doesn’t have to be. Understanding the derivations and concepts behind formulas is more valuable than memorizing them. By grasping the underlying principles, you can appreciate the beauty of physics and its real-world applications. Rather than being overwhelmed, approaching physics with curiosity and a willingness to ask questions can make the subject more enjoyable.
It is crucial to overcome the negative perceptions associated with physics. Many students enter the field with preconceived notions that it is complex or dry. However, physics can be riveting and hands-on. Building experiments, observing phenomena, and connecting theoretical concepts to everyday life experiences can make the subject come alive. By presenting physics in exciting and relatable ways, educators can help students see its relevance and ignite their interest.
Ultimately, studying physics is not just about pursuing a specific career path or gaining knowledge but about finding purpose and making a difference. Physics equips you with a unique way of thinking, honing your analytical and problem-solving skills. This skill set can be applied to various domains, enabling you to contribute meaningfully to society. Whether you end up as a professor, a scientist, an engineer, a researcher, or even venture into unconventional fields, the mindset and discipline instilled by studying physics will serve you well.
If you are passionate and curious about the world around us, consider delving into the realm of physics. Embrace the practical aspects, delve into the theoretical wonders of quantum mechanics, and explore interdisciplinary applications. Let the inspiration of icons like Newton, Hawking, Einstein, and Tony Stark, billionaire physics major and engineers Elon Musk, Carlos Slim, and Jeff Bezos, and today’s real-life astrophysicists Neil deGrasse Tyson, Brian Greene, and Michio Kaku guide you on your journey. By embracing physics with an open mind and a desire to understand, you may discover a newfound love and appreciation for the intricacies of the universe.
Dr. Herman Lagon fondly describes himself as a ‘student of and for life’ who, like many others, aspires to a life-giving and why-driven world that is grounded in social justice. He is a physics and math professor of ISUFST, an educational leadership student of USLS, a retired Principal of Ateneo, and an alumnus of UP, UI, and WVSU.