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Fundamental Problems of Physics

Objectives and Content

The subject of the course is the fundamental problems of modern physics, including quantum mechanics and newer developments. Further problem areas are the reality of theoretical quantities, probabilistic concepts, quantum physics and status of measurement and observer, causality and determinism or indeterminism. These problem complexes are placed in historical context and the context of theories of science. Active study of historical development of the concepts of physics is an important student activity during the course. Further topics related to deterministic chaos, fractal geometry and complexity are also addressed, partly as obligatory seminars and written assignments.

Learning Outcomes

After completing PHYS210 the student will have

- understanding of the basic philosophical ideas of physics and their history
- understanding of the importance of the theory of science approach
- knowledge of the problems of interpretation of quantum theory
- understanding of the role of physics in the 'scientific culture'
- understanding of uncertainty analysis based on chaos and complexity theories

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Portfolio assesment and oral examination

    Withdrawal deadline
    01.11.2017