2016 Introduction to Modern Physics

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Undergraduate major in Physics
Munekata Hiro  Somiya Kentaro 
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Course description and aims

We will discuss how much Doraemon's world can be realized in the next 100 years. Through the discussion, we study the modern physics, namely relativity, quantum mechanics, etc. We will overview current research topics in the fundamental and applied physics area.

Student learning outcomes

The goal is to achieve the overall understandings of modern physics, which will help students to study physics in more particular areas.


Relativity, quantum mechanics, statistics, modern physics, Doraemon

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Overview various fields of research on physics with two different faculty members.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Progress of Physics in the 20th century Outline of the lecture
Class 2 History of research in electronics materials and physics Develop the recognition that fundamental and applied research is both indispensable.
Class 3 Quantum teleportation Understand the difference of classical and quantum world.
Class 4 Would heatless devices be achievable? Understand multi-points of view in physics research.
Class 5 How to make a time machine Understand the spacetime.
Class 6 Invisible cloak: a few approaches Let us see the depth of electromagnetism
Class 7 Elementary particles Recognize the depth of the world of Physics
Class 8 Physics and medical treatments: replacing with artificial things, from blue to UV LED, x-ray lasers, treatments with particle beams. Review various possibilities of modern physics in the field of medical treatments


Not in particular.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

To be introduced during the course.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students shall submit some reports.

Related courses

  • LAS.P101 : Fundamentals of Mechanics 1
  • LAS.P102 : Fundamentals of Mechanics 2
  • LAS.P103 : Fundamentals of Electromagnetism 1
  • LAS.P104 : Fundamentals of Electromagnetism 2

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Not in particular.

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