Physics for Poets 7.5 Credits

Universum för nyfikna
First cycle, F0022T
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2018 Sp 1 - Present
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Syllabus established
The syllabus was established by the Department of Applied Physics and Mechanical Engineering 2007-02-28, and remains valid from autumn 2007.

Last revised
by Mats Näsström 15 Feb 2018

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Subject group (SCB)

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on final school grades or Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Course Aim
The course aims to give curious \"non-experts\" knowledge about the revolutionary discoveries in physics. A background in the natural sciences is not necessary. The focus in the course lies on understanding the underlying ideas ( which often are simple, deep and beatiful) and not on exact mathematical calculations.

1. A Vast and Most Exellent Science 2. Toward a Science of Mechanics 3. The Denoument: Newton`s Laws 4. The Moon and the Apple 5. The Romance of Energy 6. One last Part for the Machine 7. Waves 8. Does the Earth Really Move? 9. The Birth of Relativity 10. The Wedding of Space and Time 11. E=mc2 and All That 12. Did God Have any Choice 13. The Atom Returns 14. Rutherford Probes the Atom 15. The Atom and the Quantum 16. Particles and Waves 17. Does God Play Dice? 18. Schrödinger`s Cat 19. The Dreams Stuff Is Made of 20. The whole Shebang

Lectures and demonstrations

Hand- in problems. Alternative examination-forms may be used.

Johan Hansson

Transition terms
The course F0022T is equal to MTF308

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2007 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Physics for poets, latest ed.,
R. H. March, McGraw-Hill.

Course offered by
Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics

0002Assignments7.5TG G U 3 4 5

Study guidance
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