Mr. Curtin's Physics
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The Physics Olympics activities we do in Introductory Physics and Advanced Placement Physics are a group of hands-on, short term projects which allow students to immediately and concretely apply some of the physics concepts that we have been studying in class. For most activities, students work in small groups of two or three and have about 15 minutes to complete some project. In some cases they are building a device or structure with a limited selection of supplies. In other situations, they are solving a group problem which requires the input of each member of their team. The purpose of these activities (which we generally do about once a week) is broaden the students' understanding of various concepts in Physics, to develop group problem-solving skills, and to generally have fun with Physics.