How to promote good physics
This is our practical guide to producing online physics content in a way that is appealing and approachable to a wide audience from all backgrounds. This will help us move towards a physics community that is more reflective of our society. And that means better physics!
The image of physics
- “I was told I was not smart enough for physics and that if I didn’t want to be an engineer there was no point.”
- “Physics is not for everyone.”
- “Physics to me was always for the privileged; for those who can afford time.”
- “Our physics teacher told us that girls don't do as well in physics.”
The common theme throughout the above quotes is the notion that physics is for a select group of people characterised by privilege and even genius. This image can lead to people, often from underrepresented groups, not pursuing physics as a career path even if they want to.
For those of us sharing our passion for physics online, it is therefore crucial that we portray physics in a positive way.
Social media is a space where much is said in the name of physics, and it is important to ensure that content is accurate by design. We also need to be aware of how the practice of physics is portrayed; physics is more than a set of facts and explanations.
- Glossary on IOPSpark - provides an authoritative voice that can help give confidence to all those involved in physics communication in the correct and consistent use of quantities.
- Inclusive teaching tips - aimed at teachers, this document provides guidance on inclusivity for anyone producing educational content.