Carbon nanotubes and fullerenes incorporated in the secondary physics classroom
The purpose of this paper is to introduce practical ways of incorporating nanoscience into the classroom. With the state standards of an algebra-based introductory physics course set before us, we must be creative in bringing in new topics into the secondary school classroom. Adding new topics, in addition to topics required by the state standards, would be very difficult. Valuable time would be taken away from an already full schedule of standards. In this work, techniques, questions, and problems involving nanoscience are presented in many different topics of physics that are already included in the state standards. These ideas enhance the learning experience by incorporating cutting edge technology, while also enforcing the state standards.