Exploring the quantum world

Course Dates: 21/04/20 - 23/06/20
Time: 19:45 - 21:45
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Radmila Topalovic

Ever wondered what quantum theory is? Are you baffled by relativity? Learn about the interpretations of quantum physics and what it means for our conception of reality.

Radmila Topalovic holds a degree in Physics with Astrophysics and a PhD in Astrochemistry. She has taught physics, maths and astronomy for almost ten years, and is particularly passionate about quantum physics and astrobiology. She is a former astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.


What is the course about?

The father of quantum theory, Neils Bohr said ‘Anyone who is not shocked by this theory has failed to understand it’. Come and be shocked by the possibilities offered by quantum theory and how it helps us to understand the universe. You will be given a broadly non-mathematical grounding in the basics of the quantum world.

What will we cover?

- Historical background of classical physics
- Decline of classical physics
- Old and New Quantum Theory
- The standard, i.e. Copenhagen, interpretation
- Other interpretations and recent developments/experiments
- Implications for our conception of reality.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Describe the historical background of classical physics
- Discuss and analyse the decline of classical physics
- Outline the main ideas within quantum physics
- Identify and analyse the realism / anti-realism debate.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an introductory course and is open to all. No prior knowledge of the subject is required. However, you will need a good grasp of English to keep up with the course and to participate fully in discussions. GCSE-level knowledge of physics or science (or equivalent) would be useful background knowledge but not essential and mathematical skills will not be required.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught in a number of different ways including presentations with visual examples, discussions and group work.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Bring a notepad and pen. No, there are no additional costs for the course.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

HS168 Physics of life
HS181 Physics of time
HS094 The history of science.

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Don’t miss this course. The tutor is an excellent teacher and you will actually come away understanding the fundamental of quantum mechanics. No prior expertise required just the curiosity and desire to understand the world beyond our everyday experience. I can not recommend this course highly enough.
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Course Code: HS003

Tue, eve, 21 Apr - 23 Jun '20

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £189.00
Senior fee: £189.00
Concession: £83.00

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