Pilot Episode (in progress):
Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation
Watch what happens when gravity manifests on Planet X.
Watch this blooper video and learn about gravity on Earth vs. the Moon.
Don Indigo learns how mass and distance affect the gravitational force between two objects.
Two rock climbers learn the hard way that the force of gravity between two objects is directly proportional to their masses.
Watch as Dr. Krusty McFeynbrand, W.D., learns that the force of gravity is inversely proportional to the square of the distance between two objects AND launches a billion-dollar business.
Joseph B rocks his physics classroom at Chambersburgh Area Career Magnet School.
My favorite lesson on Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation.
Check out this awesome creation from teens in Ohio titled "How to Pick Up Girls with Physics"
Outtakes from the first episode: Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation
I Love Physics
I am a passionate physics enthusiast who believes that physics will one day be the bridge that connects the east and west toward spiritual enlightenment and world peace. The downside of physics is that many people struggle with it because of the math that accompanies it. I played with the idea for a long time of creating a sketch comedy show that would teach all the fundamental principles of physics without using any equations.
When I decided I wanted to build Open Source High, I thought it would be a good idea to finally create What the FisX. This would be a good way to 1) create an initial culture for the site, 2) show off to kids how wicked cool I am, 3) demonstrate to kids how great a video one could make with no prior experience making videos and without a budget. When I made these, I had literally never made a video before! I'd never really even acted or written a comedy sketch. They were all filmed with a smart phone and free trials of editing software.
I'm very proud of the name which carries many meanings. What's beautiful about the "What the Fuck is X" title, is that it highlights perfectly the idea of learning without any equations. Some irony? Some people have felt the show should be used to teach algebra! Imagine that... the whole goal was to avoid using math to teach physics and it seems that people like the idea of using physics to teach math. It might be brilliant.
There is a childhood origin to this project as well. When I was a kid, I used to watch "SquareOne TV" which was a math sketch comedy show on PBS designed for elementary school kids.
I'm interested in continuing What the FisX but I need sponsors 🙂 Here is my deal: if you sponsor the episode, you get to be featured in the physics-themed Shark Tank (the 'Cat Box'). We don't necessarily need to make every single topic in a physics curriculum, I'd like to focus on the "magical" physics topics like light, gravity, magnetism, electricity, and energy.
Bonus: here are a few more videos for you to chew on.
The first is an introductory video I put together once. I thought it was cool and funny but it seemed like it was a distraction from people actually watching the videos so I pulled it out.
This is a video of my wonderful niece talking about the value of peer-to-peer learning at college. She was so kind as to be my co-host throughout making these first episodes. I still held onto the dope Morpheus glasses she wore for the Matrix spoof "The FisX". They'll be auctioned off for $10k at an auction to pay off her student loans!
This is a video promoted by one of my good friends and mentors, Rohit Shukla, the CEO of the Larta Institute. Rohit has been helpful to me ever since the very beginning of my entrepreneurial journey back in 2008.
This is a video of my friend Maroof Ahmad who I met while I was teaching high school physics in Chicopee Massachusetts. Maroof is a young entrepreneur who was very supportive of the project and I'm grateful he participated.
The next video is another friend, Brianna Kufa, the owner of Kufa Designs where she designs custom book shelves and sells them online. She's always supportive of my various entrepreneurial pursuits and I am also inspired by her adventures.
Lastly, but certainly not leastly, Jason Wang. Jason is a great friend who has been dying to put together a full season of episodes. Jason is an amazing actor and comedian. You can also see him introducing me in my second comedy show!