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Prepare for physics quizzes with vintage-inspired cards. Study alone or with friends! Now available on your phone!
Prepare for physics quizzes with vintage-inspired cards. Study alone or with friends! Now available on your phone!
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Quiz Whiz: The Master of Physics

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For only $5, receive access to the entire questions bank online. Study physics on your phone!

Purpose: Study physics topics with friends! This is a card game for students to study physics. 

Game Pieces: Spinner to choose category, 312 playing cards, 30 s timer, 2 min timer, 4 Simply Calculators, and scratch pad.

Game Play: Who is the master of physics? This game was inspired by my students who struggle to study for exams. I created 52 quiz questions for each of the five topics covered in a basic high school physics class: Waves, Mechanics, Energy, Electricity, and Modern. An additional category for Math alone covers all five topics. In total, the game has as many as 312 quiz questions to help you prepare for physics exams.

Players can study alone or in groups of any number.  

The game begins by players designating a "Physics Master" who will be in charge of reading card questions. Players spin a spinner to find out which category they will be playing for. The Master reads the question and if the Player answers correctly, then the Player keeps the question card in his/her pile. If the player answers incorrectly, then the card is returned to the pile. Players continue to take turns answering questions until one player has accumulated three cards in each category. S/he is now the new "Physics Master" and game play begins again.

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Creator: NYC Physics teacher

Interview with Terry Dana Jachimiak II, the Theater Professor about Physics: The Game of Cards:

Why? I am creating this game to try to get my students excited to study physics. Test prep can be so tedious and boring, but I hope that like videos of cute cats and puppies, students will want to study their physics because this game is just too cute. With every piece that I make, I get more and more excited to see their reactions!

I showed them my prototypes for the playing cards the other day in class and they shouted out, "Wow, Miss! You PAINTED these?!" 

I can't wait until it's finished!!

My pal, Buddy, and me trying to sell books.
My pal, Buddy, and me trying to sell books.

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Questions are similar to what you would find in a multiple choice test: 

Waves Examples: 

  • Which phenomenon was reponsible for the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge? A) weak, rusty cables, B) the weight of too many cars, C) cold temperature caused the metal to contract too much, D) the wind blew at the natural frequency of the bridge causing resonance    
  • What are the units for wave speed? A) meters, B) meters per second, C) hertz, D) seconds per meter
  • Which of the following could be units for wave speed? A) Hz*m, B) J/m, C) N*m, D) J/s

Math problems will cover the five topics listed below in addition to topics such as the following: Estimation, Solving Vectors five ways (trig, pythagorean theorem, graphing, parallelogram rule, and using a scale and ruler), and interpreting different components of graphs such as slope and area under the curve.

Six topics! First rough draft of artwork.
Six topics! First rough draft of artwork.

 Second draft of artwork created using Art Set Pro and Keynote:

Third draft of artwork using Photoshop! Added a new label and brightened up the Oscilloscope image:

New Rewards for the $10 level: keychains!!

Risks and challenges

Thankfully, my project only has a few steps:
1. Elaborate artwork details for cards-Completed!
2. Finish writing questions-Waves Topic Completed!
3. Upload all artwork, questions onto card templates and print- Waves Topic Completed!
4. Order spinners (check), tokens (check), scratch pads, timers (check).
5. Assemble.
6. Send out thank yous and any rewards.
7. Play and learn!

I found a company that specializes in making playing cards. They even successfully ran their own Kickstarter last year: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/makeplayingcards/impressions-playing-cards…

I think the biggest obstacle is to finish writing all of the questions for the cards. There will be hundreds of questions. I have given myself ample time to be able to write them from now until May. I also plan on having my students help me write as many as we can. In this way, I will have 60 collaborators writing questions.

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