Introduction to the natural sciences
|Course code module||FLWF007750|
|Study load (hours)||168|
Raoul Van Damme
|Language of instruction:||Dutch|
|Semester exam information:||exam in the 2nd semester|
|Contract restriction information:|
There are no special prerequisites for this course.
2. Objectives (expected learning outcomes)
The student understands the methods used in the natural sciences;
The student has insight into a number of problems within contemporary natural sciences.
The student is capable of critically assessing a piece of popular science writing.
3. Course content
The course is divided into three parts, each exploring several topics within a domain of the natural sciences.
The first part deals with physics. We discuss classical mechanics and non-relativistic quantum mechanics.
In the second part we focus on biology. We first look at classical Darwinian evolution theory. We then investigate how this theory can be intertwined with genetics to yield modern neo-Darwinian evolution theory.
In the last part we investigate how formal sciences like mathematics and theoretical computer science model and investigate several types of complexity.
4. Teaching method
Direct contact: Lectures
5. Assessment method
Exam: Oral, with written preparationOpen questions
Written assignment: With oral presentation
6. Compulsory reading – study material
The syllabus "Inleiding tot de natuurwetenschappen" (Dutch), Karim Zahidi, Raoul Van Damme, will be made available.
Power point presentations used during the lectures will be made available via Blackboard.
7. Recommended reading - study material
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