Everyone is different and beautiful! Some are very strong in math and logical thinking which is the most important type of intelligence in physics. Others excel in other areas. We want to make physics attainable for all, so we offer various project ideas which allow you to take advantage of your strengths.


Gardner's Types of Intelligences:

Linguistic intelligence

Musical intelligence

Logical- mathematical intelligence

Spatial intelligence

Bodily-Kinaesthetic intelligence

Interpersonal intelligence



These project ideas are in no way intended to substitute for regular class activities, demonstrations, labs, and homework. They are intended to enrich and supplement the regular physics curriculum. Therefore, on only rare circumstances will more than 3pts (3% added onto grade per quarter) will be allowed.



Working with your friends can make learning physics more fun. At a certain point, however, the division of labor becomes unfair. Most of the activities below can be done individually but others require more than one person. In assigning credit, consideration will be taken for the amount of effort required per person to produce the final project.


Design Your Own Lab

Intellegence Type: Logical-Mathematical / Linguistic

Points: 2-3

Create your own lab! You must do a formal write-up and answer a REAL but simple question with your experiment. More credit will be given for proper handling of uncertanties in experiment and careful minimization of systematic and

experimental error in mythodology of the experiment. If done really well, credit

may be given if a lab handout is created such that we may do this one in class in the future.

Note: There are tons of options here. The topic must be directly relevevant to the current chapter. Suggestion for Ch3: Create a "make the basket" basketball lab using the

spring-loaded firing mechanism.


Performance Assessment

Intellegence Type: Multiple

Points: 1

At the end of each chapter are “performance assessments.” These can be done without a formal lab write-up and are typically intended to be conceptual in nature. Careful experimental technique is not critical and a formal lab write-up is not required.



Intellegence Type: Logical- mathematical intelligence

Points: 1-2

Most of physics is theory, not simple observation of laws. The formulas we use can be derived from simpler formulas. Many of these we do in class; others are a little more difficult to develop mathematically. Work out a derivation of a formula we are currently using with work shown VERY clearly. (No math hocus-pocus, please.)


Cool Physics Video Experiments

Intellegence Type: Linguistic /Logical-mathematical

Points: 1

Watch a mythbusters or Mr. Wizard's World Video In a short half-page, state the problem, hypothesis, result, and conclusion. In the conclusion you must relate the episode

to something we have learned in class.


Physics at the Movies

Intellegence Type: Linguistic /Logical-mathematical

EC Points: 1-2

Physics is everywhere and Hollywood seems to get it wrong ALL THE TIME. Find a video from a popular movie and see if you can analyze the physics to see if it is accurate. More credit will be given for a quantitative analysis and for finding physics myths. (Monty-Python, Indiana Jones, Country-Fried Videos, Strongman competition)


Comic Strip

Intellegence Type: Visual/Artistic

Points: 1-2

As done in foxtrot and other comics, write a COMICAL comic strip which illustrates some concept we have learned in class. More credit will be given if comic done well on a poster to hang up in class.


Physics Around Us

Intellegence Type: Interpersonal/ Visual

Points: 1-2

Capture video (short) or image and present something in your world that is application of some physics concept. You may use something you find online, but more credit will be given for something original.


Practice It

Intellegence Type: Logical-Mathematical

Points: 1-2

Sometimes, you just have to practice problem solving. Working out some problems from the physics classroom, the textbook, the problem-solving workbook, and the tutorial CD can be very helpful. You will get some credit for work if turned in.


Build It

Intellegence Type: Spatial/ Kinesthetic

Points: 2-3+

Build something that can be used to demonstrate a concept in class. Credit given will be based upon difficulty of task and usefulness of product. A demonstration is expected.


Teach It

Intellegence Type: Linguistic/ Interpersonal/Logical-Mathematical

Points: 2-3

Give a short lesson. This must involve a short PPT, have a clear stated objective, and involve some sort of informal assessment.


Express It

Intellegence Type: Kinesthetic

Points: 1-2

Demonstrate a physics concept through interpretive dance. It must be VERY clear that this involves physics. (It must be good; see me first for this one).


Sing It

Intellegence Type: Musical

Points: 1-3

Use a parody of a popular song to illustrate some physics concept. More credit will be given for performance. Even more credit will be given for a video.


Think It

Intellegence Type: Linguistic/ Logical-Mathematical

Points: 1-2

The Greeks said that physics was a “natural philosophy.” Write a short essay in which some philosophical claim is supported on the nature of nature. (It must be good; see me first for this one)