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Scientific Thinking

Open your eyes to the world around you by solving puzzles with science.

Explaining the world means thinking with scientific principles — but usually they're cloaked in technical manipulations. In this course we'll dispense with number-crunching and mathematics in search of something more useful: physical insight.

There are no prerequisites for this course — in it you'll explore the laws of physics and principles of engineering and learn the rules as you play. There will be plenty of surprises along the way, but by the end you'll have gained the understanding and insight to look at the world in a different way.

Interactive
quizzes

22

Concepts and
exercises

275+
  1. 1

    Introduction

    Learn as you play with these scientific puzzles.

    1. Nature is a Puzzle

      What does the world look like to a scientist?

    2. Science Rules

      Nature follows certain rules, learn how to use them.

    3. House of Mirrors

      Learn how light moves by solving these mirror puzzles.

  2. 2

    Structure

    Break down these structures to learn how to build them.

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      Structures

      Build a bridge between physics and engineering with rods and joints.

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      Gears

      All aboard the gear train.

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      Balance

      Are you feeling dizzy? Force balance into your life by exploring mobiles.

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      Pulleys

      Can you use pulleys to lift an elephant with your hand?

  3. 3

    Flow

    Explore what happens when matter and energy are on the move.

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      Hot Matter

      Heat causes matter to expand, but not in the way you might think.

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      Heat Flow

      Heat is always flowing, and you'll need to follow it to solve these puzzles.

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      Pressure

      The water pressure that empties your water cooler can lift a car and explode a barrel.

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      Flow in Pipes

      Pipes are in your walls and under your skin.

  4. 4

    Light

    Illuminate your path to the quantum realm.

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      Reflection

      Are you trapped in a hall of mirrors? Optics can see you out.

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      Charge

      Don't get zapped by these charge puzzles.

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      Circuits

      Flip switches and screw in light bulbs to learn the rules of electricity.

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      Quantum Light

      The world looks darker when you look through sunglasses. Usually.

  5. 5

    Relativity

    Nature doesn't mind which way you look at it.

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      Boats on the River

      Go with the flow or stand on the land — your choice.

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      Ants Marching

      Find a problem's natural perspective to shortcut loads of calculation.

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      Bouncy Balls

      Turn difficult problems into easier ones you've already solved.

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      Relativity and Simultaneity

      Coincidence? It depends on who you ask...