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Even physics — make that fizzix — can be fun

Cynthia Montgomery - Peter W. Rusland
Cynthia Montgomery
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Physics is not just the province of people with an IQ in the postal code of Stephen Hawking

It can be understood by anyone.

Well, almost anyone, according to local author and educator Cynthia Montgomery.

Montgomery, says that while this subject can intimidating to students, with proper teaching anyone can understand.

To prove her point, Montgomery wrote the e-book Fizzyx for Fun: Exploring Physics Through Experiments and Creative Play.

“I think it is a good resource for home-schoolers. It would be a good resource for teachers who are teaching science to intermediate grades, as well as students who are interested in physics,” Montgomery said.

“I’ve made all the experiments simple and using common household materials.”

The content of the book meet many of the prescribed science learning outcomes for grades 6 to 9. Montgomery received her Bachelor of Education from the University of Vancouver Island and while at the university, took engineering physics courses.

“With that I took my education degree and I found myself at the end of the day running back to my physics professor. There is so much emphasis on science education and although I don’t have a doctorate in physics this book is for intermediates and since I came to it as a non-scientist it helps me to explain it to students and other non-scientists.” Montgomery explained.

Montgomery maintains that when taught correctly, this science doesn’t have to be everyone’s least favourite class.

She hopes that her book will build up students so they feel confident in their understanding of this complicated topic.

“My goal is to do away with the intimidation people feel about physics and help them discover that it is something understandable and enjoyable. Even beautiful,” she said. “It’s about breaking these concepts into easy bits that children can grasp and building on that.

Fizzyx for Fun: Exploring Physics Through Experiments and Creative Play is available on Amazon.com and Apple.com.

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