Course Date: Thu 18 Oct 2018 Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
Mathematics is sometimes described as the language of physics. We will look at the essential topics required for a fuller engagement with physics including algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, and vectors, with reference to their application to specific physical situations. You will build a mathematical tool box applicable to many areas of science.
Course Date: Thu 1 Nov 2018 (and 1 other date) Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
In this course, we examine what precisely is meant by a gravitational wave, its theoretical significance, how such waves are produced and detected, and the implications of their detection for physics. We will see how the recent detection of gravitational waves confirms long-held theoretical predictions, and offers a completely new method of observing the distant universe.
Course Date: Sun 2 Dec 2018 Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
We'll explore the concept of time in everyday life, using the theories of special and general relativity. We'll investigate its nature in the quantum world zooming out to the large scale Universe.
Radmila Topalovic holds a degree in Physics with Astrophysics and a PhD in Astrochemistry. She has written articles for The Guardian Starwatch column and The Mercury Night Sky column, and is a co-author of Stargazing: A beginner's guide to astronomy. Radmila was an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, she is currently Programme Leader for Science and Engineering at Kaplan International College.
Course Date: Sun 3 Mar 2019 Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
Learn about the failure of classical mechanics (everyday laws of physics) to explain particle behaviour and the emergence of the quantum revolution. Consider interpretations of these unusual phenomena and the use of quantum physics in current technology.