As an educated non-scientist, one of the problems in learning is that you do not have access to experiments. This is a series of 60 physics demonstration videos produced by the MIT Department of Physics Technical Services Group.
Here is an example: The Coriolis Effect. The Coriolis effect is important to understand because it is a “fictitious” force. It illustrates the concept of non- inertial rotating frames. The video also shows how easily and quickly we can understand complex topics when we see them in action.