10 Credits SPRING



Aims/Description: The practising physicist is continually faced with problems of all sorts: new phenomena, new measurement techniques, unexpected behaviour. Rarely do they come clearly stated as in conventional examinations. Often a quick rough answer is useful to decide if a new idea is potentially useful or nonsense. Insight is needed to extract the essential physics from a complicated context, make a simple model retaining only the essentials, and get a quick answer, correct to an order of magnitude. This half module seeks to develop the necessary skills by applying simple physics to unfamiliar problems. In addition to such problem solving, candidates are required to write an essay on some important current topic in physics.

Restrictions on availability: Cannot be taken with PHY307

Staff Contact: MOWBRAY DAVID J
Teaching Methods: Problem solving, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam

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