Carlisle, MA | Age 11
I am in the 5th grade at the Fenn School, and took CornellX’s Astro2290x: Relativity and Astrophysics. Taking this course was both interesting, challenging, frustrating at times, and fun. One reason it was hard was there was the assumption you knew things like geometry, calculus and Newtonian physics.
My dad helped explain some of this background math and physics, but I did all of the homework on my own. And there was a lot of confusing wording in the homework, but it was still fun.
When I learned about time dilation and the twin paradox I was intrigued that time is not absolute, and especially when I got to the 99% mark. Also I was eager to learn what E=Mc^2 is derived from and actually meant outside the literal definition.
Passing a college astrophysics course has really shown me that I can be a great physicist one day. It really makes me feel amazing to have made this achievement. My experience with this course has made me decide to take another edX course on astrophysics. I am now taking ANU-ASTRO1X Greatest Unsolved Mysteries of the Universe.