Wee ad­van­tage boys have in physics

Scottish Daily Mail - - Weekender -

BOYS have a nat­u­ral ad­van­tage at physics be­cause their abil­ity to pee up walls helps them un­der­stand pro­jec­tile mo­tion, sci­en­tists have claimed.

So-called ‘play­ful uri­na­tion prac­tices’ give them a head start over girls at sec­ondary school, they said, and by 14 they are likely to have put the idea of pro­jec­tile mo­tion into prac­tice 10,000 times – with­out re­al­is­ing it.

As a re­sult, pupils should be taught en­ergy con­ser­va­tion rather than New­to­nian mo­tion to stop girls be­ing dis­ad­van­taged, ac­cord­ing to Anna Wil­son, of Aber­tay Univer­sity in Dundee, and two col­leagues.

Ed­u­ca­tion­al­ist Pro­fes­sor Alan Smithers, of Buck­ing­ham Univer­sity, said: ‘The aca­demics put their fin­ger on an im­por­tant prob­lem – there are too few women in the sciences. But their ex­pla­na­tion is ridicu­lous.

‘Males are more at­tracted to the phys­i­cal sciences, maths and en­gi­neer­ing be­cause on av­er­age they have higher spa­tial and numer­i­cal abil­i­ties than fe­males.’

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