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.