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


Course Outline:
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(Last update on: 15 April 2022)


Key facts for Summer 2022:

Date:   25, 26, 27, 29* August 2022 (21 hours)
Time:   9:00 am – 12:30 pm; 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Teaching Platform:   Face to Face (CUHK) #
Enrollment:   40
Expected applicants:   Students who are promoting to or studying S4-S6 who have basic knowledge on mechanics and waves
Tuition Fee:   HKD 3,560.00
Lecturer:   Dr. TONG Shiu Sing
* This date is reserved for make-up classes in case there is any cancellation of classes due to unexpected circumstances.
# This course will be offered on CUHK campus in face-to-face mode only. It may be cancelled in accordance with the pandemic development and the policy of the university.





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
* Certificate or letter of completion will be awarded to students who attain at least 75% attendance and pass the assessment (if applicable)
Expected applicants:  

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

Students who have taken 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; Summer 2020; Autumn 2021

Application Method:   SAYT Online application