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St Edward's School: Physics for girls

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: November 19, 2012

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MY initial interest in physics stems from childhood conversations with my dad, when he tried to explain to me how far away planets were.

I asked questions about whether space ended at some point, and what was after that.

Now I find myself orientated towards sciences and am taking AS level in biology, chemistry and physics.

Seeing images from the Hubble telescope confirmed my interest in physics – it made me realise how much was out there and how little we are in comparison.

I love learning about what happens to a star at the end of its life cycle and the concept of dark matter amazes me.

In his book What Do You Care What Other People Think?, Richard Feynman describes his passion for physics, sparked off with the lessons his father taught him. I can say that for myself.

Physics at A level, although sometimes hard, is so rewarding when you understand something properly, can reproduce it in your lab work or exam questions and get it right.

It has never crossed my mind that physics may be more suited to the boys than girls.

There are more boys doing physics than girls – around the country, 3.5 times more boys take the subject.

The idea that the physics syllabuses should be slightly more 'feminine' to bring more interest for the girls is slightly demoralising and pointless.

I would much rather find out the density of something worthwhile and useful like titanium, rather than lipstick.

The more I learn about in physics, the more I realise how much is yet to be discovered.

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