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Physics for Everybody

Introduce Course

The Contents of a course

Physics is the science that allows us to understand the universe where we live in. In this course, we will study how the modern form of physics began in the 17th century Europe and how physicists continued to change our view of the world through important observations and new interpretations. We will also see that it often took great amount of effort and time for physicists to arrive at agreements and conclusions, and experience how they used mathematical theories to analyze experimental data. Students are also expected to gain insights on how the science has contributed to the development of European civilization and culture.
The devices chosen for discussion are p-n junction diode, photodiode and solar cell, LED and laser diode, followed by field effect transistors, e.g. MOSFET, nanowire, tunnel and spin FETs. After a brief review of classical and statistical mechanics and electromagnetism, the quantum treatment of atoms, molecules, chemical bonds and tunneling are discussed. Also included in the discussion are the molecular spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance, molecular imaging, bio-sensor, flash EEPROM cell and quantum computing.

Application period for classes

Physics for Everybody : 2017.09.25 ~ 2018.01.15

Sample lecture

Course Plan

Course Plan
Week Lecture Open
1Week 1. What is physics and why do we study it? 10/9
2. Why are experiment and theory equally important in physics?
3. Numbers are important in physics!
4. Two uncertainties in experimental data
2Week 1. Basics of trigonometry and logarithms 10/16
2. Basics of differential and integral calculus
3. Elementary statistics of average and standard deviation
4. How can we do data fitting with theoretical model?
3Week 1. How was Europe before Newton? 10/23
2. How was mathematics before Newton?
3. Why is Newton so famous?
4. How do hypotheses become laws by theories?
4Week 1. Basic quantities of motion 10/30
2. How did Newton’s laws explain elliptical orbits?
3. Why does an apple fall with constant acceleration?
4. Which units do we use for physical quantities?
5Week 1. How to understand motions that repeat? 11/6
2. What is an oscillation and how does it occur?
3. How does a spring provide the simplest restoring force?
4. How are rotations related to simple harmonic motions?
6Week 1. How Hooke’s law produces simple harmonic oscillation? 11/13
2. How to measure simple harmonic motions?
3. Why do old wall clocks have pendulums?
4. How are meter, kilogram and second defined?
7Week 1. What are waves, and what types are there? 11/20
2. What functions describe the simplest traveling wave?
3. How is the traveling wave’s velocity determined?
4. What kind of wave is the sound that we hear?
8Week 1. How is musical tone different from simple harmonic wave? 11/27
2. How are musical tones mathematically related to each other?
3. How do string instruments produce musical sound?
4. How do we play wind and string instruments?
9Week 1. Once upon a time, what did they know about electricity? 12/4
2. What is the force between electric charges?
3. What is electric field and why do we need it?
4. What are electrical current and electrical voltage?
10Week 1. How are magnets similar and different from electric charges? 12/11
2. Long time ago, what did they think about magnets?
3. How does magnetic field appear around electrical current?
4. How can we make a magnet using electrical current?
11Week 1. What will happen if magnetic field changes with time? 12/18
2. Why and how does the magnetic field induce electric field?
3. Detailed look on Faraday’s law
4. Can we make an electric guitar with Faraday’s law?
12Week 1. Long time ago, what did they think about light? 12/25
2. How Newton and others disagreed on the nature of light?
3. Can a bright spot appear at the center of a shadow?
4. Why do we see repeating bright and dark patterns?
13Week 1. How do we understand interference from two slits? 1/1
2. Can we observe light interference from just one slit?
3. How can we measure the thickness of human hair?
4. How can interference of white light result in colorings?
14Week 1. How fast is the speed of light? 1/8
2. What is oscillating in light waves?
3. What is the medium of propagation for light waves?
4. Let’s try to find aether!
15Week 1. How can we explain Michelson-Morley’s observation? 1/15
2. What will happen to time when speed of light is constant?
3. What will happen to space when speed of light is constant?
4. Finally, why does gravitational force appear?



정재호 교수 사진
Prof. Jae-Ho Chung
  • Professor, Department of Physics, Korea University
  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
  • Teaching Assistant

    황인용 조교 사진
    In-Yong, Hwang
  • Unified course of the master's and the doctor's, Department of Physics, Korea University
  • Course Information

    Complete/evaluation Information

  • After overall evaluation for 15 weeks learning activity, certificate will be issued who passes the prescribed grade regulation.
  • Final grade will only be reflected by Quiz. (Quiz 100%)
  • Quiz will be conducted after each week lecture.
  • After overall learning activity evaluation, learners who receive more than 60% score will take the certificate.

  • Text book

  • Every week PPT and supplemetnal materials

  • 관련 강좌

    1. major

      Natural Sciences
      (Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy & Geography)
    2. 강좌를 개발하고 운영하는 기관입니다. 컨소시엄으로 운영 시, 대표기관의 명칭이 나타납니다


    3. 강좌의 구성 주차 수를 의미합니다. (강좌를 충실히 학습하기 위해 필요한 주당 학습시간을 의미합니다.)

      Course Week
      (Estimated Effort)

      (주당 03시간 00분)
    4. 본 강좌 이수자에게 인정되는 학습시간으로 해당 강좌의 동영상, 과제, 시험, 퀴즈, 토론 등의 시간을 포함합니다. (강의 내용과 관련된 동영상 재생 시간의 총 합계입니다.)

      Accredited learning time
      (Video Duration)

      (20시간 00분)
    5. 수강신청이 가능한 기간으로 해당 기간 내에만 수강신청이 가능합니다.

      Course Registration Period

      2017.09.25 ~ 2018.01.21
    6. 강좌가 운영되고 교수지원이 이루어지는 기간입니다. 이수증은 강좌운영기간이 종료된 이후에 발급받을 수 있습니다.

      Classes Period

      2017.10.09 ~ 2018.01.21