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Problem Solving in Physics I
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Physics and Scientific Modelling
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Studieleder for Fysik (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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The course Problem Solving in Physics will develop the students' skills and competences in recognising the difference between formalised and unformalized physics problems, formalising problems in terms of physics, solving these problems and evaluating the solutions. This is done by exemplary work within a series of the theory constructs of physics.
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The course Problem Solving in Physics 1 is intended to develop the student`s skills and competencies in formalizing problems in physics, solving them and evaluating the solutions. This is done by exemplary work within a number of theory constructions of physics.
The course is centered on problem solving/assignment calculation, in which open-ended problems are taken from the general university physics syllabus and draw from topics such as classical mechanics, hydrodynamics, dimensional analysis, thermodynamics, and relativity theory.
|Course material and Reading list||
Selected chapters from a general university physics textbook, currently Ohanian and Markert, "Physics for Scientists and Engineers". The book and chapters will be specified on Moodle prior to the start of the course.
These are supplemented with Lecture Notes on various topics to be distributed via Moodle.
|Overall plan and expected work effort||
135 hours in total (5 ECTS)
|Evaluation and feedback||
The course includes formative evaluation based on dialogue between the students and the teacher(s).
Students are expected to provide constructive critique, feedback and viewpoints during the course if it is needed for the course to have better quality. Every other year at the end of the course, there will also be an evaluation through a questionnaire in SurveyXact. The Study Board will handle all evaluations along with any comments from the course responsible teacher.
Furthermore, students can, in accordance with RUCs ‘feel free to state your views’ strategy through their representatives at the study board, send evaluations, comments or insights form the course to the study board during or after the course.
The detailed program will consist of specific reading and specific problems to be solved in or outside the classroom and will be published on Moodle prior to the start of the course.
|Overall learning outcomes||
After completing the course the students will be able to
|Form of examination||
Individual oral exam based on a portfolio.
The character limit of the portfolio is 1,200-120,000 characters, including spaces. Examples of written products are exercise responses, talking points for presentations, written feedback, reflections, written assignments. The preparation of the products may be subject to time limits.
The character limits include the cover, table of contents, bibliography, figures and other illustrations, but exclude any appendices.
Time allowed for exam including time used for assessment: 15 minutes.
The assessment is an assessment of the oral examination. The written product(s) is not part of the assessment.
Permitted support and preparation materials for the oral exam: All.
Moderation: Internal co-assessor
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Samme som ordinær eksamen / same form as ordinary exam
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|Examination and assessment criteria||
The oral exam will be based on a portfolio which consists of the student's written responses to an assignment given during class time and involving several non-formalized physics problems. The physics content of these problems will be drawn from the material covering during the course.
The assessment criteria of the written part
-"think like a physicist" within selected parts of physics.
The assessment of the oral exam is based on the student’s ability to meet the criteria mentioned above and their ability to
Furthermore, whether the performance meets all formal requirements in regard to both for the written og oral exam