Serious and Silly Physics Songs

April 15th, 2014 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

 

It’s Tuesday, April 15, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

PhysicsSongs.org

 

Age Range: All (Created for college students, but many songs will appeal to a wide range of ages, with parental supervision)

 

This website archives free songs about physics that help students remember critical concepts and formulas in a fun and entertaining way. The website is hosted by Haverford College and maintained by an associate professor of physics.

 

As explained at the website, songs may activate a different part of the students’ brains that “links into the musical aspect of intelligence, helping many students to build a richer ‘knowledge tree’ relating to the concept being taught, and thus promoting better retention.”

When you get to the site which is presented in a chaotic sort of way, you’ll see an old announcement about a physics sing-along event. Scroll below it to watch examples of video presentations from the 2013 sing-along. 

 

Scroll down a little further to view the video presentation called The Nano Song – the winner of the Nano Tube Contest sponsored by the American Chemical Society.

 

In the video “Miss Glory” sings to Muppet-type puppets and explains nanotechnology. Here’s a snippet of the lyrics to give you an idea…

Puppet: Miss Glory, what is nanotechnology?

Miss Glory sings:

Well, nanothings are way too small for you or I to see,
But soon the world will change because of nanotechnology.

A million nm that are lined up in a row
Are just about as long as a single flake of snow
Even germs are several thousand nm’s tall, 
So when you hear that something’s nano, it’s very very small.

 

Go to the site to hear the entire song – and I promise you’ll be singing along with the chorus in no time at all!

Then, look below the featured videos to find a menu that includes:

*Log of Recent Additions to PhysicsSongs.org – Includes the not-to-be-missed Bohemian Mechanics set to Queen’s legendary rock song, Bohemian Rhapsody. You’ll also find Newton’s Rap, and the Electromagnetic Hymn of the Republic.

 

*Fully Functional Physics Songs Database Search – Use the search engine to find physics songs on this site and others.

 

*Chapter-By-Chapter Suggestions for Songs to Use in Classes – A few topics (kinematics and Newton’s Laws) that are covered in the first 3 chapters of a typical introductory physics book/course are paired with links to suggested songs to enhance learning.

 

*Categorized Links to Other Physics Song Pages – Includes songs set to familiar tunes as well as original or less-familiar tunes.

 

You’ll also find links to songs by professors including Dr. James Livingston of MIT.

 

The Physical Revue by Tom Lehrer is also available, as are songs sung by the Cavendish Society in the early 1900’s, and the song list from the Physics Sing-Along of 2006 and 2007.

 

There’s even a “Holiday Season” party sing-along sheet with “Physics Carols” in printer-friendly format.

The site suggests many ways to use the songs including:

  • Add song links to a course web page to “spice it up”!
  • Sing the songs in class, or play recordings of them, or suggest that a musically-talented student sing them!
  • Read the lyrics of songs in class as poems.
  • Ask students to write their own songs, perhaps using some of those you can find through this page as inspiration.

All of these ideas can be tweaked for use in the homeschool environment.

NOTE:  We couldn’t review ALL of the songs here. Since this was intended for college students (adults), PARENTS, AS ALWAYS, SHOULD PREVIEW THE MATERIAL TO DETERMINE SUITABILITY OF CONTENT FOR CHILDREN.

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