Physics for Poets - Fisica para Poetas


This course is being set up by myself. I hope to get permission in the (not so far away) future to lecture it. It is still in construction.

It will provide a basic background on Kinematics and Dynamics, followed by a simple survey on Thermodynamics. Some elements of electricity and magnetism will be shown, as well as a few concepts of optics. Finally, it concludes with an enthusiastic description of modern and contemporary physics: Relativity, Quantum mechanics, Nuclear physics, chaos theory, superstrings, the all lot!

Poet-students are not expected to approach a physics course like those aiming for a physics degree. In any case, I put the whole of my efforts in order for them to get a (nice!) taste of physics and understand most (if not all!) of it.

Have you ever asked why is Physics SO important and crucial for current and future researh in ...? ... and conclude that you DO NEED some knowledge in physics. Otherwise,...

Program, Evaluation Methods and Bibliography

In the following links you may find

Lecture Notes

Here are the lecture notes for Physics for Poets. They are in .... Please (also) browse through the scanned images of several overheads/slides (... if existent)

Tutorials Schedulle

  • Here is the Tutorials (Atendimento) schedulle (it is still outdated...)

  • This is the monthly-weekly-daily schedulle (tentative!) with indication of overheads-slides for the 1st semester: October & November & December & January It is also aimed at assisting you in improving your class atendance, work and study.

    Exams, Tests,Problem Sets and Marks (classifications)

    Students may peruse previous example/exercice sheets and tests/exams (some may be missing - I will try to update this section):

    Students may also find the several problem sets and laboratory assignments posted here.

    This is the current academic year (200.../200...) Marks/Classifications

    Other Resources Available

    The following links may provide additional material and resources elsewhere that you may find useful for your study:

    Students Feedback on the Course

    Finally, I ask the students to fill in THIS questionaire (Inquerito1) Query1 at the start of the semester and THIS questionaire (Inquerito2) Query2 at the end. I stress that these are THE questionaires that interest me the most. I am further grateful in advance for any constructive criticism that may assist me and the teaching of Physics for Poets to be both more effective in the (very!) near future.

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