851-0147-01L  Philosophical Reflections on Physics II

SemesterSpring Semester 2017
LecturersN. Sieroka, M. Hampe, R. Wallny
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman
CommentParticularly suitable for students of D-PHYS


851-0147-01 GPhilosophische Betrachtungen zur Physik II
Bei der "Physik II" handelt es sich um die Lerneinheit 402-1782-00L
Teilweise wird vom Plenum in die Einzelgruppen gewechselt
2 hrs
Fri13:15-15:00HG D 7.1 »
14:15-16:00HG D 3.1 »
14:15-16:00HG D 3.3 »
14:15-16:00HG D 5.1 »
14:15-16:00HG D 5.3 »
N. Sieroka, M. Hampe, R. Wallny

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AbstractAccompanying the lecture course "Physics II", this course critically evaluates topics and approaches from electrodynamics against a broader historical and philosophical/systematic background. Attention will be paid, amongst other things, to the role of experiments, the concept of a field theory and the principle of extremal action.
ObjectiveStudents should be able to critically evaluate different topics and approaches in physics, especially in the context of electrodynamics. They should also be enabled to communicate their insights to people from other disciplines and fields.
Prerequisites / NoticeThis course is part of the ETH "Critical Thinking" initiative.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersN. Sieroka, M. Hampe, R. Wallny
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationGerman
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationVoraussetzung für den Erwerb von 3 ECTS Punkten -- im Sinne zentraler Elemente -- ist die regelmässige Teilnahme an den Sitzungen und an der kritische Diskussion im elektronischen Forum.
Die Leistungskontrolle erfolgt in Form einer benoteten Semesterleistung. Hierzu ist zum Ende des Semesters ein ca. sechsseitiges Essay abzugeben, das sich in kritischer Form mit einem der in der Veranstaltung behandelten Themen auseinandersetzt.

Learning materials

Moodle courseMoodle-Kurs / Moodle course
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GESS Science in PerspectivePhilosophyWInformation
GESS Science in PerspectiveD-PHYSWInformation
History and Philosophy of Knowledge MasterSeminarsWInformation