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CUSA1035 Mysteries in the Atomic World 原子世界的奥秘

 

 

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(Last update on: 22 June 2021)

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Key facts for Summer 2021:

Date:   3 whole day sessions (total 21 contact hours)
4, 11, 18 December 2021, 1 January 2022 *
Time:   9:00 am – 12:30 pm; 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Teaching Platform:   Face to Face  (The Chinese University of Hong Kong) #
Enrollment:   40
Expected applicants:   Students who are promoting to or studying S4-S6 who have basic knowledge on mechanics and waves
Tuition Fee:   HKD 3,560.00
Lecturer:   Dr. TONG Shiu Sing
* This date is reserved for make-up classes in case there is any cancellation of classes due to unexpected circumstances.
# This course is only offered face-to-face lessons at CUHK campus.

 

 

 

Introduction:

This course will bring students to retrace the thinking paths of physicists in the early 20th century to unravel the mysteries of atoms. The course includes lectures, experiments, and a visit. Students will glimpse through the basic concepts of quantum physics, such as wave particle duality, quantization, wave function and its probabilistic interpretation, spin, and their applications to understand some atomic and nuclear phenomena, including energy levels in atoms, atomic spectra, formation of molecules, as well as a more advanced topic on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which is now widely applied to medical imaging.

Students will gain hands-on experience in using modern laboratory equipments to measure atomic spectra, and determine the charge mass ratio of electron. A visit to a company in Hong Kong Science and Technology Park will also be included to let students see the operation of a medical MRI machine.

本课程带领学生重温二十世纪初物理学家探索原子奥秘的过程。课程包括讲座、实验,和参观三部分。学生将瞥见量子物理的基本概念,包括波粒二象性、量子化、波函数及其或然率诠释,自旋;这些概念如何应用于了解原子和核子的现象,包括原子的能阶、光谱、分子的形成,以及一个较深入、目前广泛应用于医疗造影的现象:磁力共振。

学生也会学习如何利用现代科学仪器测量原子的光谱,以及电子的电荷质量比。课程也包括到香港科学技术园参观一间仪器公司,以观察医学磁力共振仪器的运作。

 

Organising units:
  • Department of Physics, CUHK
  • Centre for Promoting Science Education, CUHK
Category:   Category II – Academy Credit-Bearing
Learning outcomes:   Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
  1. Gain hands-on experience in classic physics experiments that have revolutionized our understanding of the atomic world;
  2. Learn the basic principles of modern physics;
  3. Learn how some atomic and nuclear phenomena;
  4. Learn the history of modern physics in the early 20th century;
  5. Appreciate the efforts that physicists made towards our understandings of an atom.
Learning Activities:
  1. Lecture
  2. Lab
  3. Field-trip
Medium of Instruction:   Cantonese supplemented with English
Assessment:
  1. Short answer test or exam
  2. Lab reports
Recognition:   No. of Academy unit(s):  1.5
* Certificate or letter of completion will be awarded to students who attain at least 75% attendance and pass the assessment (if applicable)
 
Expected applicants:  

Students who are promoting to or studying S4-S6 and have basic knowledge on mechanics and waves

Students who have taken CUSA1025 Unravel the Mysteries of an Atom are not recommended to take this course.

Organising period:  

Summer 2013; Summer 2014; Summer 2015; Summer 2016; Summer 2017; Summer 2018; Summer 2019

Application Method:   SAYT Online application