Love/Hate relationship with Physics
June 14, 2010 § 19 Comments
This morning while I was sweating like a pig enjoying my bowl of hot oatmeal while reading blogs, a hummingbird came flying right up to the window beside me. The Inland Empire Valley is a place where you frequently see hummingbirds, but I have never seen one so close. For a few seconds I admired its airiness, grace, and beauty before it floated rapidly away again.
What a perfect start to a Monday morning.
On an irrelevant note to self: do not eat hot oats on a warm morning after a sweaty yoga session. D’oh! What was I thinking?
So let me explain the purpose of the title of this entry. Physics is my worst subject in school. Always have, always will. Period. No offense to any Physicists out there! I squirmed through Physics in high school with the easy way out, taking the General Physics instead of opting for Honors Physics or heck, AP Physics like every other one of my friends. Nope, not me, thank you very much. I refused to suffer through Physics more than I had to, ’cause I sooo rather spend my time on Biology-related courses.
God knows how bummed I was when I found out I had to take 3 semesters of Physics at Harvey Mudd College as a requirement, all within the first two years of college. Okay, we had to take 4 semesters of Math as well, but Math is alright. Not great, but not terrible either. I suffered through those first 3 semesters of college, and I did poorly–as low of a grade as I could ever get. I was so ecstatic when I finally finished all my Physics courses. Never, ever again did I want to see, hear, breathe it.
But yesterday, something miraculous happened, and it changed my mindset about Physics.
A free museum dedicated to astronomy and other physics-related stuff.
Before entering the museum, Dmitri and I had a little picnic at the hilltop overlooking the smoggy beautiful LA city.
Can you see Hollywood in the backdrop? 🙂
Dmitri requested that I teach him how to make an egg + cheese wrap, while I made myself a sammie.
The creamiest and sweetest sammie I’ve had! I just realized how horribly bright this picture turned out. Anyways, the sandwich was made on Orowheat Multigrain Sandwich Thins. The victims: avocado, apple slices, brie cheese. If you haven’t tried this combination, go make yourself this NOW. I’ve heard from a friend that apples and avocado make heavenly sandwiches, and I also know apples and brie cheese are perfect pairs. Why not make a decadent trio?
Next we hit up the museum. Some pictures from the lawn outside:
Hah! I look tiny! 😛
A statue of well-known astronomers and physicists. Staring right at us is Copernicus, who also discovered that the Earth revolves around the Sun. Less well-known than the guy to the right of him (left for us), Galileo.
The museum features some pretty neat stuff, like how the Tesla coil came about and how it works, why we see eclipses, why the tide is governed by the sun but mostly the moon, the physics behind light refraction, the technology used today to measure distances from stars, their intensities, etc, and so on and so forth. Lots of neat stuff! The museum is also open at night for free viewing through their HUMONGOUS telescope!
So back to my story of how much I hate physics, I still do, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate how much it has brought us. Without it, no man would have landed the moon, we would still believe that the sun revolves around us, we would not have discovered galaxies and understood our solar system, we would not have electricity, we would not have airplanes…and I could go on and on.
Bottom point: I hate solving Physics problems, but I do love admiring the contribution it has brought to the science world.
More views from the top of the museum:
I spy with my little eyes…downtown Los Angeles!
Warning: The following contents may nerd you out!
I present to you: The Periodic Table of Elements! Each window has the actual element inside!
Oh hello, random stranger’s hand! 🙂
I swear I stared at this section of the museum for a whole 5 minutes. Please don’t judge me.
Well after all that learning, we were starving by the time we got back home. We whipped up a quick but filling dinner.
Chinese veggies sauteed with garlic & spring onions, baked sweet potato topped with cottage cheese and LOTS of cinnamon. Oh, and unpictured baked beans on the side.
I may or may not have one (or two) servings of So Delicious Dairy-free Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream.
Have a great Monday! 😀
+ What is/was your worst subject(s) in school? You already know my lack of interest in Physics. I often see the trend that Biologists tend to dislike Physics.