|Module title||From history to challenges of modern physics|
|Module lecturer||prof. UAM dr hab. inż. Henryk Drozdowski|
|Faculty||Faculty of Physics|
Module aim (aims)
Module aim (aims) An attempt to understand the Cosmos
To show the latest achievements of science in the study of the Universe
Inspire respect for the scientists who have enriched our knowledge of the world
Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)
Basic knowledge of physics and mathematics
Interest in the world
Week 1: The origins of physics
Week 2: Copernican revolution
Week 3: Newton – creator of modern physics
Week 4: Special and general relativity of Einstein
Week 5: Some results in quantum mechanics
Week 6: Applications of nuclear physics
Week 7: Accelerations and beams
Week 8: Quark dynamics: the strong interaction
Week 9: The Higgs boson
Week 10: Astrophysics – the evolution of stars
Week 11: Models and theories of modern cosmology
Week 12: Cosmology – the origin and evolution of the Universe
Week 13: The inflationary Universe
Week 14: The relationship of cosmology with elementary particle physics
Week 15: Future prospects – unifications in physics
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 B.R. Martin, Nuclear and Particle Physics, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons Ltd 2009.
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