Witnessing the Magic of Science in Our Daily Lives

The moment we think about science, we are flooded with thoughts of laws of physics or the periodic table. Science, for many of us, appears to be a subject which requires cramming up of formulae to get by in school. But we are here to tell you otherwise. Science is a subject we witness in our day-to-day lives. If we just pause and observe some phenomenon, we will realize how science is around us a lot more than we think.

So, we thought of putting together a list of common things we see or do in our everyday routine which has simple mechanics of science behind it. Here are some examples:

  • Cooking: While cooking, the heat energy is transferred to the cooking vessel in the form of convection, conduction, and radiation. Thereafter, various ingredients in the vessel begin to break down and form new bonds which results in cooked food as we know it. This involves principles of chemistry and physics.
  • Walking: The simple act of walking can be understood using the principles of biology and physics. Let’s understand how physics is involved. Basically, walking can be understood as Newton’s Third Law, that is, every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Hence, when you put force on the ground, the ground applies equal force on your foot in the opposite direction, which pushes your forward. In terms of biology, walking is known to mobilize changes in the structure of our brain and increase volume in areas associated with learning and memory.
  • Driving: The process of driving any motor vehicle (car, motorcycle, truck, bus, etc.) uses the principles of chemistry and physics. The fuel in the vehicle is burnt and converted into energy. This process is called combustion. Thereafter, this heat energy is converted into electrical and mechanical energy which helps us drive the vehicle.
  • Cleaning: Yes, cleaning is a science and pure play of chemistry. If you ever read the label of a cleaning agent, you’ll see a list of chemicals. But how do they really help in cleaning? Essentially, these substances have elements that can break down or loosen common stains (such as food, dust, etc.). As a result, we are able to remove these stains easily thereby making washing and cleaning a less tedious task.
  • Reading: The principle involved in reading is called phenome awareness. It refers to the awareness of sounds that make up spoken words. Phenome awareness is critical to connect spellings and phonics which further decode the words and allow people to read.

Do you see how these five things we do in our daily lives are nothing but simple principles of science? Hence, it is best to approach science by using examples which are tangible and known to us. This can help students grasp the concepts better and even garner interest in the subject. Next time a science equation makes your head spin, think about its application in real life.

Leave a comment if you want to know more about this topic or the use of science in other phenomena you see.