Course title Selected topics in physics
Code F132
Status Graduate (obligated)
Level Basic
Year 1. Semester 2.
Lecturer Dario Hrupec, Assistant Professor
Course objective Adopt the basic knowledge and concepts in the field of deterministic chaos, cosmology and metaphysics.
Prerequisites To be graduate student.
Learning outcomes: After successfully completed course, student will be able to:

1.      Define basic concepts and describe phenomena in the field of chaos theory.

2.      Understand the underlying principles of chaos theory.

3.      Define basic concepts and describe phenomena in the field of cosmology

4.      Understand the underlying principles in the field of cosmology

5.      Explain the connection of philosophy and physics in the theory of the universe.

Correlation of learning outcomes, teaching methods and evaluation
Teaching activity ECTS Learning outcome Students activity Methods of evaluation Points
min max
Class attendance 1 1-5 Class attendance Evidence list (handwritten signature of the student) 0 10
Seminars (independent work) 3 1-5 The research on a given topic and write text seminars (3 areas = 3 seminars). Making presentations and oral presentations of the seminar. Rating of the written seminar (12.5 points each), and oral presentation (12.5 points each). 0 75
Home work 1 1-5 Solving numerical problems. Checking and discussions on the following exercises or consultation. 0 15
Total 5 1-5 0 100
Gained competencies Understanding the basic physical concepts and relationships associated with deterministic chaos, cosmology and metaphysics.

Spotting concepts that are common to different areas.

Developing the skills of scientific research.

Developing written and spoken communication skills and professional expression when writing seminars and public appearances.

Content (Course curriculum) 1. Deterministic chaos – phase diagram – attractor – Poincare section – logistic equation – Feigenbaum number – Lyapunov exponent – fractals – the Lorenz model.

2. Cosmology – history of the universe – star formation – Hubble’s law – The Big Bang – Friedmann equation – solution of the equation for the universe – dark matter – the cosmic background radiation – the inflation of the early universe – nucleosynthesis – the problem of dark energy.

3. What is metaphysics – cosmological argument – anthropic principle – the plan argument – the ontological argument – what is time – the problem of identity – ontology, the doctrine of the essence.

Recommended reading John F. Hawley, Katherine A. Holcomb, Foundations of Modern Cosmology, Oxford University Press; 2 edition, 2005.

Earl Conee, Theodore Sider, Riddles of Existence – A Guided Tour of Metaphysics, Oxford University Press, 2005.

Zvonko Glumac, Matematičke metode fizike – kratak uvod, 2015.

Additional reading Steven Novella, Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guideto Critical Thinking Skills, The Teaching Company, 2012.
Instructional methods Lectures (30 hours)

Lectures with Power Point presentations, interactive simulation, the performance of demonstration experiments, addressing selected sample assignments, individual and group work. Students receive additional tasks for the exercise, which they solve independently .

Seminars (15 hours)

At seminars more comprehensive explanation of   the basic physical and mathematical concepts, that are earlier presented in lectures, are given; considered new scientific topics. Also students are encouraged to independently and innovatively solve physical and philosophical problems, they are encouraged to talk and discuss in class with solving problems or performing experiments at home and on the presentation of the same at the next seminar; opening of new issues in science and philosophy.

Exam formats Oral exam
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