Curriculum.

Course title History of physics
Code F128
Status Lectures (30 hours)
Level
Year 2 Semester 3
ECTS 3 ECTS
Lecturer Vanja Radolić, PhD, Associate Professor
Course objective To understand the historical development of basic concepts in physics and to evaluate contribution of well-known scientists
Prerequisites General Physics, Classical Mechanics and Electromagnetism, Quantum Physics
Learning outcomes: After successfully completed course, student will be able to:

1.    describe and comment the beginning of science in western civilization with special attention to Miletus, Pythagoras, Atomic, Eleatic and Peripatetic schools of philosophy

2.    describe and comment  the historic development of ideas on space and time from the very first cosmological models until today

3.    describe and comment  the historic development of ideas on light

4.    describe and comment the historic development of ideas on relationship between motion and force

5.    describe and comment the historic development of ideas on electricity and magnetism

6.    describe and comment the historic development of ideas on heat and energy

7.    describe and comment the  historic development of ideas on structure of matter with special attention on discoveries which lead to development of modern physics (quantum mechanics, special and general relativity)

8.    describe and evaluate the contribution of most prominent scientists to the development of physics with special attention to those who are connected with Croatia ((Bošković, Petriš, Dalmatin, De Dominis, Tesla, Mohorovičić, Milanković, …)

 

Correlation of learning outcomes, teaching methods and evaluation
Teaching activity ECTS Learning outcome Students activity Methods of evaluation Points
min max
Class attendance 0.25 1-8 Class attendance Evidence list 0 20
Seminars 1.25 8 Making seminar on life and work of the most prominent world scientists with special attention to those who are connected with Croatia; public presentation of seminar Grading of seminar 0 30
Final exam 1.5 1-8 Reply on questions concerning teaching materials Oral exam 0 50
Total
Consultations Thursday, 12-13:30
Gained competencies Deeper understanding of various ideas and phenomena in history of science which lead to the creation of today’s physical concepts. Development of written and oral communication capabilities.
Content (Course curriculum)  

Beginning of physics. Physics in old Greece, The idea of atoms, Aristotel’s natural philosophy. Physics in medieval Europe. New physics, Galilei, Kopernik, Kepler, Descartes, Leibniz. Newton’s natural philosophy. Classical physics, mechanics, optics, thermodynamics, and electromagnetism. Modern physics, relativistic theory, quantum physics, atomic and nuclear physics, elementary particles.

 

Recommended reading Z. Faj, Pregled povijesti fizike, PF, Osijek 1999.
Additional reading I. Supek,  Povijest fizike, ŠK, Zagreb, 1990.

Ž. Dadić, Povijest ideja i metoda u matematici i fizici, ŠK, Zagreb, 1992.

G. Gamow, The great physicists from Galileo to Einstein, Dover Pub., New York, 1961.

W. C.  Cropper, Great physicists, Oxford University Press, 2001.

S. I. Vavilov, Isaac Newton, prijevod s ruskog, Zagreb, 1950.

Instructional methods Teaching of the course is carried out through lectures. Discussions on specific historical development are stimulated. On seminars, students are taking lectures on life and work of the most prominent world scientists with special attention to those who are connected with Croatia ((Bošković, Petriš, Dalmatin, De Dominis, Tesla, Mohorovičić, Milanković, …)
Exam formats 1. Attendance to lecture and seminars (20%):

Quality of student’s activity in seminars and lectures is crucial measure of success in course.

2. Seminars (30%):

Every student has one 30-min public presentation of his/her seminar work. Other students are taking notes and writing a critical overview of the presentation they listen (quality of presentation, clearance of the speaker, duration of the presentation, …)

3. Oral Exam (50 %):

Reply on 4 written questions – randomly selected from cards!

 

Grading criterion

• 50,0≤p<63% – poor (2)

• 63,0≤p<76% – good (3)

• 76≤p<88% – very good (4)

• 88,0≤p≤100% – excelent (5)

 

Language Croatian language.
Quality control and successfulness follow up Students interview

Statistic reports on success in course

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