“If you want any accurate prediction about anything, you don’t talk to someone on Wall Street; you talk to a scientist.”
Providing Tools for Life Dr. David Moore provides his students with an understanding of science that they can use in their professional and personal lives.
“In Physics for Life, my students are typically education majors,” he said. “I teach this course—because they are going to be in the classroom the next year—to give them tools that they can use in the classroom right away.”
Hands On and Head First In Moore’s classes, students don’t just sit behind a desk to learn science—they experience it hands-on…and for him, head first. After learning about velocity, acceleration and gravity in the Physics for Life course, students conduct an egg drop, which includes Moore as a special part of the experiment.
“Students have to calculate the time it takes for the egg to drop as it accelerates with gravity, and at the same time, I am walking and they have to measure my velocity,” Moore explained. “At the top, they have to show me the formula they are going to use to release the egg to hit me on the head. It’s a messy project, especially for me, but students love it.”
Science in the Summer Each summer, Moore takes a select group of students to the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia for a one-week course in radio astronomy. During the week, students measure the atomic hydrogen emissions from the plane of our galaxy, the Milky Way, and collect data by looking in different directions around the plane of the galaxy to confirm the shape and direction of rotation of the galaxy.
“I challenge students.” “I challenge students to make the most of their abilities,” said Moore. “The physics and astronomy courses are so interesting and fascinating, and I encourage students to be active, not passive, in the learning process.”