The language of physics is beautiful, elegant… and utterly abstruse to anyone who doesn’t read a mathematical equation like a text message. As a teacher of the Physics 1 series at UCSD, I often found that beginning students in particular struggle more with understanding the language of physics (equations, terminology, symbology) than the actual physical concepts themselves. So in 2013 I began to explore ways of lifting those equations off the page, working with my research group into turning these equations into gestures, embodied movements, interactions, and ultimately exercises. I found that it was possible to do some pretty complex physics (including non-potential fields, multi-body numerical simulations, and Monte Carlo analyses) if you just let your bodies and minds do the work together. Thus was born this freshman seminar as an experiment to explore these ideas. To the students taking the class, thank you for being the very first lab rats!

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