Physics of STRXIA

A Sneaky Teaching Hidden Agenda


Although, first and foremost, STRXIA: THE ODDS ARE AGAINST US is a fun and action-packed middle grade portal fantasy written to purely entertain the reader, there is a hidden agenda with the book. The physics of Earth, those science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) principles that can be quite difficult to teach 8 to 12 year olds, are identical to the physics that governs the world of STRXIA. As the story unfolds, the actions of the story's main characters both on Earth and in STRXIA are explained in accurate detail. Using humor and children's dialogue, many concepts of physics are put forth and explained without the young reader realizing it is happening. We call this sneaky teaching.

All of the physics in the book, including things like a girl running from home plate to first base or a boy throwing a baseball, have been worked out with aerospace engineering accuracy and documented in MSExcel Spreadsheets. The diligence with which the supporting calculations for the book have been performed is something teachers, librarians, adults, and some of the young readers have noticed. Some have asked for more information on the underlying numbers in the book.

This portion of the STRXIA website will put forth the actual equations and calculations that went into each chapter of the book. For now, the below example content is provided. In the future, each chapter of the book will be presented as a lesson that teachers and children can use as a fun way to get introductory physics concepts taught.