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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 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 grade

Suggested credit: One full semester Engineering or Applied Science

Special notes: This course starts before Labor Day (students who miss the first day can catch up by watching the class recording). This is Part One of a two-part course. Students are expected to also register for Part Two offered in the Spring semester.


Using David Macaulay’s book, The Way Things Work Now, we will explore how everyday objects work. Too often the technology around us seems like magic. In this course, we will learn everything from doorknobs to sewing machines to computers!


Week 1: Mechanics of Movement / The Inclined Plane

Week 2: Levers

Week 3: Wheels, Gears, Belts

Week 4: Cams, Cranks & Pulleys

Week 5: Screws

Week 6: Rotating Wheels

Week 7: Springs and Friction

Week 8: Review for Midterm

Week 9: Floating

Week 10: Flying

Week 11: Pressure Power

Week 12: Exploiting Heat

Week 13: Nuclear Power

Week 14: Review for Final

Materials and Homework

Materials: The Way Things Work Now by David Macaulay, ISBN: 978-0544824386 (https://amzn.to/3qoQTt1 or BookFinder.com).

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

Important Dates

Class dates: Fridays, August 30 to December 13, 2024 (No class Nov. 1 & Nov. 29)

Starting time: 11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 Central; 9:30 Mountain; 8:30 Pacific)

Duration: 45 minutes per class

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