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CUSA1035 Mysteries in the Atomic World 原子世界的奧秘

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.




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
  1. Short answer test or exam
  2. Lab reports
Recognition:   No. of Academy unit(s):  1.5
* A certificate or letter of completion will be awarded to student upon completion.
Expected applicants:  

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

Students who took 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