Course Code : | 2001WETGPS |

Study domain: | Physics |

Bi-anuall course: | Taught in academic years starting in an even year |

Academic year: | 2019-2020 |

Semester: | 2nd semester |

Contact hours: | 15 |

Credits: | 3 |

Study load (hours): | 84 |

Contract restrictions: | No contract restriction |

Language of instruction: | English |

Exam period: | continuous assessment |

Lecturer(s) | - NNB |

At the start of this course the student should have acquired the following competences:

an active knowledge of

specific prerequisites for this course

an active knowledge of

- English

- general knowledge of the use of a PC and the Internet

specific prerequisites for this course

students should have acquired the most important tools to model a problem and put it into a mathematical form

- Given a specific problem the student can make use of his acquired and relevant knowledge in a selective manner and with critical evaluation.
- The student can identify which knowledge is lacking and which has to be looked up.
- With this knowledge the student can work towards a solution in a structured manner. He is also able to document all the steps.
- The student has an intuitive feeling of the relevance of quantities and the feasibility of possible solutions.
- The student can work in a team, i.e. carry out part of a task, brainstorm, communicate, report.

Introduction

During the bachelor/master studies in physics the student acquires a thorough knowledge in the different courses, both at basic and more specialised levels. The skills in using this knowledge are practiced during practical sessions and the bachelor and master theses. In principle a physicist thus disposes of the most important tools to model a problem and put into a mathematical form, but also on the mathematical and numerical methods to solve the problem further and finally also to translate the results back to the original demand. This is a unique asset which is not present in most other studies and which means that a graduated physicist is very versatile and has several possibilities for an interesting career. What is still lacking in the training is the creativity and the ability to use that toolbox outside the niches in which the student has learned and applied them. They learn to solve independently out-of-the-box problems (among others Fermi problems) using generic techniques which have been taught during the Bachelor and Master studies.

In the course of generic problem solving, the students are challenged by a variety of surprising simple problems primarily outside the known areas of physics, for which they can use the generic toolbox which they have learned during their physics studies. Also the students are taught to work within a team. It is also important that the students learn to work in a structured manner.

Methodical approach

- Analysis of the problem, clarifying and formulating in in their own words.
- Brainstorming. Ordering of the available knowledge and listing possible directions for a solution.
- Plan for action. Making an allocation of tasks and a time plan.
- Independent activities: looking up complimentary and relevant information. Executing the arranged tasks.
- Reporting and elaboration. Reporting on the activities thus far. Selection and elaboration of a direction for a solution. Critical evaluation of the group result.

The course has an international dimension.

Class contact teachingLectures

Personal workAssignments Individually Assignments In group

Personal work

Continuous assessmentAssignments

Presentation

Presentation

NA

Papers and links will be provided during the course

Dirk Van Dyck

dirk.vandyck@uantwerpen.be

CGB U.439