Physics of daily life

Course Code :1001WETFDL
Study domain:Physics
Academic year:2019-2020
Semester:1st semester
Contact hours:30
Study load (hours):84
Contract restrictions: Exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 1st semester
Lecturer(s)Sofie Cambré

3. Course contents *

In this course, the importance of Physics for our daily life is demonstrated by a series of typical examples from a broad spectrum of fields of classical and modern Physics.


We aim at a time interval of one or two contact hours for each theme. Each theme  is presented in a conceptual way and builds upon highschool knowledge.




Extra documentation to be used as basic material are the “Science and the Citizen” chapters of “Scientific American” or books like “The physics of everyday life” (Louis A. Bloomfield, Univ. of Virginia, J. Wiley & Sons).


Lectures will be provided, including live demonstrations and audiovisual material.




Some examples of topics: 

- Interaction with light
- Properties of materials
- Nanoparticles to color glass
- Physics in Music