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    #247289 - 06/28/20 11:20 AM Physics in elementary
    FunnyElephant Offline
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    Registered: 05/17/20
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    My 9-year-old son is gifted. He met the gifted criteria multiple times -- SCAT, WPPSI, etc and scores are pretty high.

    He loves Physics and truly understands very advanced concepts, he is fascinated by optics and how the light behaves. I am not saying that as I am an overzealous parent but I truly think he understands it sometimes at even high school level.

    He is begging to learn more and I am not sure what to do. I tried some middle school courses on for physics but the problem is he understands the concepts easily but when the equations come or the formulas come he stops and runs away. I think there is advanced mathematics/ algebra which he doesn't like to do.

    I am not sure how to nurture his hunger for physics. Any advice will be much appreciated.

    #247332 - 07/10/20 08:29 PM Re: Physics in elementary [Re: FunnyElephant]
    aeh Offline

    Registered: 04/26/14
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    Has he ever spent any time playing with the physics (and other) simulations at phet? He might enjoy the interactive, conceptual nature of these.

    He might also get something out of physics enrichment courses designed for grade 7-12 students by MIT students. No homework, no tests, and no math prerequisites. Just interesting video lectures. From the syllabus: "There are no formal prerequisites for this class. However, students should exist in actuality and be located inside a universe, preferably this one."

    The American Physical Society hosts this page for precollege students, with child-friendly articles, activities, and science adventure stories:

    #247334 - 07/11/20 03:16 AM Re: Physics in elementary [Re: FunnyElephant]
    Eagle Mum Offline

    Registered: 02/24/20
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    Loc: Australia
    I second AEH’s recommendation of MIT Open Courseware. I was very impressed when I looked at some of their material years ago and recommended them to my DS when he was about the same age as your’s. The thirst for understanding science at a deeper level actually increased motivation to learn more maths in order to be able to handle the formulae & equations.


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