How to Apply Physics to Social Issues


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What is the LifeStraw?

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1. Why do we need to develop technologies that produce energy using renewable resources?

2. Releasing nuclear energy by splitting apart atomic nuclei is called:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Physics is the study of the fundamental building blocks of the universe: matter and energy. Research involving physics is being leveraged to gain a better understanding and solve common social issues, such as access to renewable energy and clean water. To be successful on this quiz, you will need a firm grasp of basic physics and energy production.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

To measure your understanding of how physics is used to solve a number of social issues, you will be tested on the following:

  • The various versions of renewable energy
  • How the lack of clean water impacts public health
  • Atomic energy
  • Lifestraw

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - understand the basic principles of physics and how they apply to international problems, such as the lack of renewable energy and clean water
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the difference between splitting and smashing atoms, and how both relate to nuclear energy production
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the study of physics and how it addresses basic human needs in the developing world

Additional Learning

To learn more about this subject, review the accompanying lesson called How to Apply Physics to Social Issues. The lesson covers:

  • The physics of energy production
  • The physics of water filtration
  • How the study of physics can be applied to addressing social issues