Connecting the Dots: Concepts in Physics
Develop a strong conceptual foundation in Physics. Start connecting the dots between different ideas & start thinking from first principles. Relevant for students from all Boards.
For students in Grades 8, 9, 10, from any Board (CBSE/ IB/ IGCSE/ ICSE, etc.)
We were inspired by some recent posts on Social Media about the excessive focus on methods/ short-cuts/ speed, as opposed to foundational understanding. There's plenty of research about typical conceptual gaps in students' understanding at at various age/ grade levels. Our blog post, Conceptual Learning: What, Why and How, provides a more detailed background.?
With this starting point, our mentors sat down to curate a list of such areas that students could do well to have a deep, foundational understanding of, that they can build on, over time. We have identified such topics across Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) and Math.
This module is around concepts in Physics - particularly around Electricity, Energy/ Heat, and Pressure.?
The content has been chosen based on a knowledge of common student misconceptions and errors- derived from research as well as the experience base of our mentors.
For each topic, the student experience includes pre-work, live sessions with mentors, assignments/ assessments, and feedback. In addition, students can email their doubts and questions to the mentor at any point of time during the course.
The course comprises 6 sessions of 1.5 hours each. Each session will be on a Saturday, between 2:00-3:30pm.
The course is NOT a tuition service aimed at preparation for exams. These courses are also NOT a substitute for school work.
Please click here for a more detailed write-up about our larger course, Connecting the Dots across Math and Science.
Utpal is senior mentor and course designer at GenWise. His passion in life is "to firmly establish science as a wonderful culture in developing young minds."
Since 2010, Utpal has been teaching Advanced Physics to talented undergraduate students at the Indian Statistical Institute in Bangalore. He was one of the founders of Curiouscity Science Education, where he conducted numerous science sessions with middle school children. Utpal has been also been facilitating courses on Physics and Mathematics to gifted school students for the past several years.
Utpal has a bachelor's degree with honours in Physics from IIT Kharagpur (1st in his class), and a PhD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His corporate/ professional work experience includes stints at Bell Labs and Motorola (where he was a Director). Post 2005, he cannot imagine life without a chalk and the blackboard!