Encouraging Words From Former Physics Students

The emails that follow are from former Physics students. I hope that my current students might get a broader perspective on Physics from those who have traveled this path before them.

Received October 18, 2013 from Kenny Scherer who is in the US Air Force

Good morning Mr. Hammack,

This is Kenny Scherer, I'm not sure if you remember me, but I was a senior in your physics class in 2011-2012. I would just like to thank you for teaching me the main concepts of physics. I am currently in the US Air Force stationed in Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska doing non-destructive inspection; I inspect aircraft parts for cracks using x-rays, ultra sonics, bond testing,eddy current, magnetic particle, and penetrant. I am sure you have heard of most of these concepts of testing, and they all incorporate ideals I learned in physics. I have a head start on all of my peers due to my understanding of physics, my supervisors have observed that and I am valued in my shop. I am accelerating though my training and earning college credit doing it; I plan to have my associate's degree in non-destructive inspection by early January. Thank you for your interest in truly teaching young men and women physics. P.S. If a student asks you when they will ever use physics, read them this e-mail. I didn't have a clue I would be doing my current job when I graduated a little more than a year ago, but now I love my job and physics class set a foundation for me to do my job better and rank up faster.

Kenny Scherer
LGHS Class of 2012