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CUSA1025 Unravel the Mysteries of an Atom 揭开原子的奥秘

Although an atom is too small to be observed by using optical microscopes, the theoretical and experimental investigations by physicists in the early twentieth century have unraveled many mysteries of atoms. This course will bring students to retrace the thinking paths of these physicists, and participate in the scientific investigation of atoms. Students will learn the basic concepts of atomic physics and how to use modern instruments to determine electron charge, the mass of an electron, as well as the structure of a hydrogen atom. Techniques such as methods of error analysis and writing an experimental report will also be covered. This course includes lectures and experimental sessions.

虽然原子十分微小,利用光学显微镜也无法直接观察它们,但二十世纪初的物理学家却能透过各种实验和理论,揭开了原子的神秘面纱。本课程带领学生重温物理学家探索原子结构的过程,参与有关的科学研究。学生将学习原子物理学的基本概念和如何利用现代科学仪器测量电子的电荷、电子的质量,以及氢原子的结构。学生也会学习误差分析方法,和撰写实验报告等技巧。课程包括理论讲解及实验部分。

Organising units:
  • Department of Physics, CUHK
  • Centre for Promoting Science Education, CUHK
Category:   Category II – Academy Credit-Bearing
Medium of Instruction:   English and Chinese
Recognition:   No. of Academy unit(s) awarded: 1
* A certificate will be awarded to student who have fulfilled the course requirements.
Expected applicants:   Students who are promoting to S4-S6.
Organising period:   Summer 2012
Application method:   SAYT Online application