F1530 Interesting Physics

Faculty of Science
autumn 2017
Extent and Intensity
2/0. 1 credit(s) (plus extra credits for completion). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
prof. Mgr. Tomáš Tyc, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Jiří Bartoš, PhD. (seminar tutor)
prof. RNDr. Jana Musilová, CSc.
Department of Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics - Physics Section - Faculty of Science
Contact Person: prof. Mgr. Tomáš Tyc, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics - Physics Section - Faculty of Science
Mon 18. 9. to Fri 15. 12. Thu 14:00–15:50 F2,02012
Prerequisites (in Czech)
Zájem o pozorování fyzikálních jevů v každodenním životě, schopnost o nich přemýšlet a vysvětlit alespoň některé z nich
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is offered to students of any study field.
Course objectives
The focus of the course Interesting Physics is to observe interesting physics phenomena from the everyday life and to make nice physics demonstrations. The emphasis is placed on clearness and illustrativeness in explaining the observed phenomena, and on making experiments demonstrating these phenomena.
The main objectives are: attracting students' attention to observing and interpreting interesting physics phenomena from the everyday life, and inspiration and motivation for looking around us by the eyes of physics.
  • The syllabus of the course is not fixed but changes gradually, and new topics are added from time to time. The discussed phenomena belong to different areas of physics - mechanics, acoustics, thermodynamics, optics, electromagnetism, fluid mechanics etc. Selection of topics:
  • Mechanics used in the everyday life (e.g. riding on a bike or balancing)
  • Stress tensor illustrated in a pretty way using a carrot
  • How a reflecting glass and other optical instruments work
  • How to understand the rotation of objects, e.g. a wooden block or a carton of juice
  • Soap bubbles (how they emerge, where their colours come from etc., interesting experiments with bubbles)
  • Atmospheric optics (mirage, fata morgana, why the sky is blue, rainbow and halos)
  • Physics of weather
  • Tidal phenomena
  • Vortices (what determines direction of a vortex in a wash basin, vortex rings)
  • Surface tension, its origin, manifestations and applications
  • Similarity theory (how we would perceive the world if we were 100x smaller etc.
  • Interference and diffraction in our lives
  • Physics in the kitchen
  • Magnetism and its applications
  • Electrostatics
  • Perelman, Zajímavá fyzika
  • BLOOMFIELD, Louis. How things work : the physics of everyday life. 3rd ed. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2006. xiv, 561. ISBN 047146886X. info
  • J. Walker, The Flying Circus of Physics
  • JEFFERS, Fred. Mondo magnets : 40 attractive (and repulsive) devices and demonstrations. Chicago, Ill.: Chicago Review Press, 2007. vi, 152. ISBN 9781556526305. info
Teaching methods
The course has a form of a lecture, but an emphasis is placed on the interaction of the students with the teacher and on their discussion of the physics phenomena. Many experiments are performed during the lectures that illustrate the discussed phenomena.
Assessment methods
To complete the course successfully, the student must be present on at least 75% of lectures and complete the final oral examination. In this examination the student must show that he/she understands the phenomena discussed in the lectures and is able to think about them reasonably.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
The course is taught once in two years.
General note: L.
Teacher's information
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2007 - for the purpose of the accreditation, Autumn 2003, Autumn 2005, Autumn 2007, Autumn 2009, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2011 - acreditation, spring 2012 - acreditation, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2015.
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