Monday, 2 March 2009


There have been lots of things on my course that have surprised me. Lots.

Also, there have been a couple of things that have scared me. Two, actually.

Maths and physics.

I won't go into the maths bit now. It's kinda under my belt until next year again now, with a B1 for my written assignment, although my subject knowledge remains a bit iffy...

Physics was never a strong point for me either and I dropped the subject before 'O' level, in the days when science was still a 3-part subject, carrying on with both biology and chemistry.

Our follow-on task for our forces lecture was to make a marble run. I did a bit of research (read, looked at some toys) on the internet and working in a group of 4, we came up with this:

It's amazing what you can do with a bit of foamboard, some sticky pads, elastic bands and other bits salvaged from broken toys.

The Bounce at the end caused a HUGE amount of excitement, let me tell you. HUGE! That marble just BOUNCED into the pot every time!

Forces? Gravity? Friction? Resistance? Velocity? Acceleration? Deceleration?



  1. And what being a kid all over again!

  2. I loved math but REALLY didn't like physics. I think it might have been different though if we'd had a marble run! K x

  3. I feel nauseous just reading the words maths and physics.

  4. I agree with BMM having spent most of my school days in the corridor outside physics lessons, or in maths lessons, lusting after our extremely attractive and young maths teacher... But it looks like you are having fun!! xx

  5. Physics. The very word reminds me of Mrs Greenwood for a double period first thing on a Wednesday morning. Not good. Not good at all. I'm afraid I gave up Physics AND Chemistry and concentrated on the Biology. It used words and principles I could understand.

    Your version of physics looks much more fun. x

  6. You are going to be such a fab teacher!


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