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Recorded MS
The Way Things Work Now, Part One

Based on the book by David Macaulay, this high-interest course dives into the physics of how everyday objects work — showing us how the technology that seems magical is really man’s engineering working with God’s design.

Total classes: 14

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 6th to 9th

Suggested credit: One full semester Science, Engineering, or Basic Physics


Using David Macaulay’s book, students explore how everyday objects work — exposing how the technology around us (that seems like magic) is simple physics and man’s engineering working with God’s design. Learn the mechanics of movement, including levers, wheels, gears, pulleys, and more — and be fascinated by floating, flying, pressure, heat, and nuclear power. Learn everything from doorknobs to sewing machines to computers!


Class 1: Mechanics of Movement / The Inclined Plane

Class 2: Levers

Class 3: Wheels, Gears, Belts

Class 4: Cams, Cranks & Pulleys

Class 5: Screws & Rotating Wheels

Class 6: Springs & Friction

Class 7: Reviewing for Midterm I

Class 8: Floating

Class 9: Flying

Class 10: Pressure Power

Class 11: Exploiting Heat

Class 12: Heat Power

Class 13: Nuclear Power

Class 14: Review for Final I

Materials and Homework

Course Materials: The Way Things Work Now by David Macaulay, ISBN: 978-0544824386. Available from your favorite homeschool vendor or used through BookFinder.com.

Homework: Each week, students will be required to read a selection from the textbook, take a short 10 question quiz, and try to find and examine a machine in their own house that uses the principles talked about in class.

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