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Think like a Physicist

Maastricht Summer School
Netherlands, Maastricht
Maastricht Summer School Netherlands, Bonnefantenstraat 2, 6211 KL Maastricht, The Netherlands
Tuition fee €650 per programme

Overview

As a part of the natural sciences, physics often relies heavily on tools of mathematics. Mathematics can be seen as essential for physics. Just as a telescope is an instrument to observe the beauty of the night sky, mathematics is a tool for revealing beauty and structure of physical laws. In turn, these laws reveal the way the Universe works.

During this summer school, participants will be guided through the mathematical tools useful for University physics. This course will consist of both theoretical and practical physics education, allowing you to immediately put these mathematical tools to use. During the two weeks, we will also guide you through designing and executing your own experiments in physics. This course is aimed at students who feel they have a deficiency in numerical topics prior to starting their university degree – but does not aim to prepare students comprehensively for examinations in physics.

Students will experience topics in calculus & differential equations, classical mechanics, particle physics and relativity. Additionally, experimental design, data gathering and analysis.

Course Duration and Dates This is a two week course running from the 3rd of August until the 14th of August, 2020.

ECTS
The number of credits earned after successfully concluding this course is the equivalent of 4 ECTS according to Maastricht University’s guidelines. For further information see the MSS terms and conditions


Goals
Following this course, participants will be able to:
· Demonstrate an understanding of the basic mathematical tools required to study physics
· Perform physics laboratory practicals and appraise the outcomes of them
· Design and Predict the outcome of their own experiments in physics
· Represent physics problems in a mathematical way and solve these problems effectively

Coordinators
Christopher Pawley & Gideon Koekoek

Instruction language
EN

Prerequisites
No specific prerequisites but a general interest in science and physics is recommended. Students who completed physics in the final year of high school need not partake.

Recommend literature
The Feynman lectures on Physics (available at www.feynmanlectures.caltech.edu/)

Young, H. D., & Freedman, R. A. (2015). University physics with modern physics. Pearson Higher Ed.

Stroud, K. A., & Booth, D. J. (2013). Engineering mathematics. Macmillan International Higher Education.

Teaching methods
▪ Mathematical Assignments ▪ Frontal interactive lectures ▪ Reading and understanding research papers ▪ PBL ▪ Presentations ▪ Laboratory Skills and training ▪ Working in small teams

Assessment methods
▪ Assignment ▪ Computer test ▪ Presentation

Apply now! Summer Term 2019/20
Application deadline
Jun 8, 2020 23:59
Europe/Amsterdam time
Studies commence
Aug 3, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Summer Term 2019/20
Application deadline
Jun 8, 2020 23:59
Europe/Amsterdam time
Studies commence
Aug 3, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States