Physics Alive

Physics Alive is the podcast where host, Brad Moser, Ph.D., sparks new life into the physics classroom. Each episode supports and shares the many forward-thinking developments that have come from physics education research and inspiring educators. Brad speaks with teachers who employ innovative and active learning styles, researchers on the frontiers of physics education, catalysts for change on important social issues in the STEM community, and students who want the most out of their education.


episode 21: Physics in the News & Pop Culture with Rhett Allain

Do Angry Birds obey physics principles? How likely is it that two baseballs will collide in mid-air? How realistic are those science hacks in the tv series MacGyver? Are you curious how you can bring current news in science and pop culture as well as fictional fun into the classroom? Then you’ll enjoy today’s conversation with professor, author, blogger, youtuber, and tv consultant Rhett Allain.

Full show notes:


Links to Rhett’s work

Check out Rhett’s blog at!

  • The Dot Physics Blog

Social Media

  • Twitter:
  • YouTube:
    • Rhett mentioned a channel called Physics Explained. I believe that is one of his playlists, not a separate channel.

Rhett’s books*

  • Angry Birds Furious Forces
  • Geek Physics: Surprising Answers to the Planet’s Most Interesting Questions
  • Just Enough Physics
  • Physics and Video Analysis

Other educational fun stuff mentioned on the episode

  • Speed Dating
  • phyphox
  • Numerical calculations
    • Glowscript
    • Checkout the Physics Alive episode with Brian Lane to learn more!

Today's Guest

Rhett Allain is an Associate Professor of Physics at Southeastern Louisiana University. Along with his teaching career, which was informed by his Ph.D. in physics education research at North Carolina State University, he’s been busy in the world outside of academia. He is a prolific blogger for the website, has been a science consultant for the television series MacGyver and MythBusters, has spoken on the radio show Science Friday, pours his heart and soul into physics videos on YouTube, is a proponent for video analysis and coding in the classroom, and has written four books, including Geek Physics: Surprising Answers to the Planet's Most Interesting Questions and Angry Birds Furious Forces.

Learn more about Rhett Allain at:

  • Rhett’s Allain’s personal webpage and
  • Rhett Allain’s biography at Southeastern Louisiana University

* The book links are affiliate links with Amazon. This means that I will earn a small commission if you purchase the book with the link. This is at no extra cost to you and helps to support the show!



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