Why You Should Take Physics

Why should you take physics?

   by Carl Covatto, Ph.D.

   Physics General Studies Program Director

   ASU Department of Physics


The science of physics encompasses all natural phenomena and is the basis

for all other sciences. If you are at all curious about the world around

you and how it all works, then physics is for you. Physics is used in a

wide variety of fields: acoustics, architecture, engineering, materials

science, and medicine. In addition to studying problems related to the

fundamental nature of the universe, physicists have also studied problems

related to traffic flow, financial markets, renewable energy sources, and

many other problems related to daily life.


Should a person who believes "I am not a science person" take physics? Yes,

they should. The modern world relies heavily on technology. The news often

contains stories on results of medical studies, global warming and new

discoveries made by the Hubble Space Telescope. Sometimes these stories

present results that are at odds to results previously announced. Which

story should you believe? Completing a course in physics will give you an

introduction to basic physical principles that can be applied to everyday

phenomena. You will also learn critical thinking and problem solving skills

that that will be useful in your particular field of study, whatever it may

be, and in your daily life.


You do not need to be a poet to appreciate poetry, nor do you have to be a

physicist to appreciate the science of physics. Studying a subject gives

you a deeper appreciation for its methods and an understanding of the

principles on which it is based. Being a student of physics can only deepen

your appreciation of nature.