ILAS Seminar-E2

Numbering Code U-LAS70 10002 SE50 Year/Term 2021 ・ First semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type seminar
Target Year Mainly 1st year students Target Student For all majors
Language English Day/Period Mon.5
Instructor name WENDELL,Roger (Graduate School of Science Associate Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course This class will introduce students to new and exciting topics in modern physics. Recent discoveries and Nobel prize-winning research will be discussed in straight-forward terms such that anyone can understand and enjoy modern science. Lectures and discussions will be held in English and will cover a wide variety of topics in recent research. Even students with no previous physics experience are encouraged to join this class and learn about how we understand the world today. There will be in-class demonstrations to match some of the topics.
Course Goals Students in this course will learn about the fundamental physics behind recent topics in modern research as well as how they are applied in the real world. In addition, students will be introduced to and practice speaking in scientific English. Understanding of the material will be probed using in-class discussions, in groups and as a class.
Schedule and Contents Each week a different topic in modern physics and cosmosolgy will be presented. The following week will provide a review of material with discussion. Topics will include some of the following:

-) From the birth of stars to supernovae
-) The history of the universe and its expansion
-) Dark Matter and Dark Energy
-) Observation of gravitational waves
-) Radiation in the modern world
-) Quarks and CP symmetry
-) Discovery of the Higgs boson
-) Neutrinos and their oscillations
-) Lasers for trapping atoms
-) Superconductivity at low and high temperatures

In addition to the above, students may request lectures on a few topics of their choice.

Total:14 classes, 1 Feedback class. 
Evaluation Methods and Policy This is a seminar course and the grade will be based on in-class participation (80%) and short reports (20%). Coming to each class with questions and an open mind is essential.
Course Requirements None
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Instructions on material to review ahead of lectures and supplementary reading will be presented in class.