physics theories in social work
The Law of Inertia in Physics:
Objects at rest tend to stay at rest, and objects in motion tend to stay in motion unless acted upon by an unbalanced outside force.
The Law of Inertia in Social Work:
People will only change if something or someone causes them to change.
The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle in Physics:
Two complementary parameters (ex. position & momentum) cannot both be known with 100% accuracy. The more you know about one, the less you know about the other.
The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle in Social Work:
We will never know the entire story.
The Second Law of Thermodynamics, Stated as the Law of Increasing Entropy in Physics:
In a closed system, the total entropy (disorganization) of all the participants in any physical process cannot decrease over time, but it can increase.
The Second Law of Thermodynamics, Stated as the Law of Increasing Entropy in Social Work:
Agencies (and people) will become ineffective, or break down and become disorganized, if they are isolated from other systems.
The Observer Effect (a.k.a. the Hawthorne Effect) in Physics:
The very act of observing (measuring) a phenomenon will cause it to make changes.
The Observer Effect (a.k.a. the Hawthorne Effect) in Social Work:
People will change their behavior if they are being observed.