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Garrette
2005-Feb-02, 03:36 PM
Been a long while since I've posted here and I'm in a quandary.

My two oldest kids (11 and 13 years old) are now asking lots of questions that are beginning to demonstrate the shallowness of my knowledge.

Examples of the latest:

1. Does time always have to go forward? {along with a version of the Grandfather Paradox}

2. Can't we find the center of the universe just by checking the directions that the stuff in the universe is expanding in?

3. Doesn't there have to be something in the vacuum of space or else the vacuum itself can't exist?

4. How can the universe curve back on itself?

5. Tell me everything about black holes.


I've got a few books for them, but they're expensive and the 11 year old especially, while the more scientifically curious and insightful of the two, is not inclined to reading educational tomes.

But they will, I think, read child/young adult oriented websites or books.

Help? Please? My googling skills have failed me.

Eta C
2005-Feb-02, 03:46 PM
One place to look at is Physics Central (http://www.physicscentral.com/). It's an outreach site run by the American Physical Society. It may not have answers to all the questions your kids are asking, but there is an "Ask a physicist" page you can try.

Kaptain K
2005-Feb-02, 06:11 PM
2. Can't we find the center of the universe just by checking the directions that the stuff in the universe is expanding in?

Hand them a basketball and ask them to show you the center of the surface of the ball!
The surface of the ball is two dimensional; our universe is three dimensional, but the analogy holds. There is no center of the universe (at least within the universe).

Jigsaw
2005-Feb-02, 07:05 PM
Jeepers. :o

And I thought my kids asked tough questions, like, "Are the Olsen Twins real, or are they robots?"


:lol:

skrap1r0n
2005-Feb-02, 07:09 PM
http://godlikeproductions.com
http://www.enterprisemission.com
http://www.zetatalk.com

wait a few months then bring them here to see it all debunked. Debunking is really cool for developing critical thinking skills. I like to go to those sites and look for serious holes and logical fallacies in the rantings.

Swift
2005-Feb-02, 07:13 PM
Garrette, how about here! BABB is a pretty kid friendly place, particularly for teens and pre-teens (several of our more regular members are teens). We get questions all the time like this. Don't forget, the main website, www.badastronomy.com as a bunch of stuff too.

Jigsaw - they're robots. :wink:

Jigsaw
2005-Feb-02, 07:35 PM
Ah ha!! I knew it...

Jigsaw
2005-Feb-02, 07:50 PM
Linkies.

http://kids.msfc.nasa.gov/
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/home/index.html
http://kids.earth.nasa.gov/
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/en/kids/
http://edspace.nasa.gov/
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/en/kids/
http://marsprogram.jpl.nasa.gov/funzone_flash.html
http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/kids/index.cfm
http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/kids/
http://genesismission.jpl.nasa.gov/product/genesis_kids/

http://ksnn.larc.nasa.gov/intro.html

http://www.sciencenewsforkids.org/

http://www.kapili.com/index_p4k.html


Page O' Links.
http://www.kids.gov/k_space.htm

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Also, do not overlook that quaint old-fashioned resource called a "library". They have live human beings called "librarians" on duty who will be able to tell you where to find objects called "books" on physics and astronomy for kids.

Jorge
2005-Feb-02, 09:05 PM
Also, do not overlook that quaint old-fashioned resource called a "library". They have live human beings called "librarians" on duty who will be able to tell you where to find objects called "books" on physics and astronomy for kids.

Last time i checked there wheren't any librarians on google :(
i must not be looking hard inuf

Garrette
2005-Feb-04, 06:33 PM
Many thanks to all. Good ideas, and I'll use most of them.

I especially like the basketball question; I'll do that tonight.

We also do the library thing quite a bit, but for my 11 year old the packaging matters; though his interest is high and his questions insightful he will not sit still for most books or science videos.

Thanks again.