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402-0738-00LStatistical Methods and Analysis Techniques in Experimental PhysicsW10 credits5GM. Donegà, C. Grab
AbstractThis lecture gives an introduction to the statistical methods and the various analysis techniques applied in experimental particle physics. The exercises treat problems of general statistical topics; they also include hands-on analysis projects, where students perform independent analyses on their computer, based on real data from actual particle physics experiments.
ObjectiveStudents will learn the most important statistical methods used in experimental particle physics. They will acquire the necessary skills to analyse large data records in a statistically correct manner. Learning how to present scientific results in a professional manner and how to discuss them.
ContentTopics include:
- modern methods of statistical data analysis
- probability distributions, error analysis, simulation methos, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, setting limits and introduction to multivariate methods.
- most examples are taken from particle physics.

- lectures about the statistical topics;
- common discussions of examples;
- exercises: specific exercises to practise the topics of the lectures;
- all students perform statistical calculations on (their) computers;
- students complete a full data analysis in teams (of two) over the second half of the course, using real data taken from particle physics experiments;
- at the end of the course, the students present their analysis results in a scientific presentation;
- all students are directly tutored by assistants in the classroom.
Lecture notes- Copies of all lectures are available on the web-site of the course.
- A scriptum of the lectures is also available to all students of the course.
Literature1) Statistics: A guide to the use of statistical medhods in the Physical Sciences, R.J.Barlow; Wiley Verlag .
2) J Statistical data analysis, G. Cowan, Oxford University Press; ISBN: 0198501552.
3) Statistische und numerische Methoden der Datenanalyse, V.Blobel und E.Lohrmann, Teubner Studienbuecher Verlag.
4) Data Analysis, a Bayesian Tutorial, D.S.Sivia with J.Skilling,
Oxford Science Publications.
Prerequisites / NoticeBasic knowlege of nuclear and particle physics are prerequisites.
402-0742-00LEnergy and Environment in the 21st Century (Part II) Information W6 credits2V + 1UM. Dittmar
AbstractDespite the widely used concepts of sustainability and sustainable
development, one remarks the absence of a scientific
definition. In this lecture we will discuss, based on the natural laws and the scientific method, various proposed concepts for a
development towards sustainability.
ObjectiveA scientifically useful definition of sustainability?
Unsustainable aspects of our lifestyle and our society?
(unsustainable use of ressources, environmental destruction
and climate change, mass extinctions etc)
How long can humanity continue on its current unsustainable path,
what are the possible consequences? Historical examples of society collapse. What can we learn from them.
Existing Gedanken models/experiments (like Permaculture) promise to transform the human society into the direction of sustainability.
If these ideas would theoretically transform our global society
into a sustainable one, what are the large scale limitations and why
do we not yet follow these ideas?
ContentIntroduction ``sustainability" (24.2.); Population Dynamik (3.3.);
finite (energy)-resources (10.3.); waste problems (17.3.);
water, soil and industrial agriculture (24.3.); biodiversity (31.3.); (un)-sustainable development (7.4./28.4./5.5); example for sustainable systems (12.5./19.5.); human nature, Ethics and earth-care(?) (26.5./2.6.)
Lecture notesWeb page:
Literaturefor example:
Environmental Physics (Boeker and Grandelle)
A prosperous way down: Principles and Policies (H. Odum and E. Odum)
Prerequisites / NoticeBasic knowledge of the ``physics laws" governing todays energy
system and it use to deliver ``useful" work for our life
(laws of energie conservation and of the
energy transformation to do work).

Interest to learn about the problems (and possible solutions)
related to the transition from an unsustainable use of renewable and non renewable (energy) resources to a sustainable system
using scientific method.
402-0368-13LExtrasolar PlanetsW6 credits2V + 1US. P. Quanz
AbstractThe course introduces in detail the observational methods for the detection and characterization of extra-solar planetary systems and it
covers the physics of planets (in the solar system and in extra-solar systems) and gives a description of planet formation and evolution models.
ObjectiveThe course should provide useful basic knowledge for
first research projects in the field of extra-solar planetary systems and related topics.
ContentContent of the lecture EXTRASOLAR PLANETS
1. Introduction: Planets in the astrophysical context
2. Planets in the solar systems
3. Detecting extra-solar planetary systems
4. Properties of planetary systems
5. Intrinsic properties of extra-solar planets
6. Planet formation
7. Search for bio-signatures
402-0787-00LTherapeutic Applications of Particle Physics: Principles and Practice of Particle TherapyW6 credits2V + 1UA. J. Lomax
AbstractPhysics and medical physics aspects of particle physics
Subjects: Physics interactions and beam characteristics; medical accelerators; beam delivery; pencil beam scanning; dosimetry and QA; treatment planning; precision and uncertainties; in-vivo dose verification; proton therapy biology.
ObjectiveThe lecture series is focused on the physics and medical physics aspects of particle therapy. The radiotherapy of tumours using particles (particularly protons) is a rapidly expanding discipline, with many new proton and particle therapy facilities currently being planned and built throughout Europe. In this lecture series, we study in detail the physics background to particle therapy, starting from the fundamental physics interactions of particles with tissue, through to treatment delivery, treatment planning and in-vivo dose verification. The course is aimed at students with a good physics background and an interest in the application of physics to medicine.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe former title of this course was "Medical Imaging and Therapeutic Applications of Particle Physics".
Subject Didactics
402-0910-00LPhysics Didactics I: Special Didactics of Physics Teaching Information Restricted registration - show details
Limited number of participants.
In addition to registering for this course in myStudies, students must apply until 31 January 2018 at Link.
Applications will be recognised in the order of arrival.

Simultaneous enrolment in Introductory Internship Physics - course 402-0920-00L - is compulsory for Teaching Diploma Physics.

Information for UZH students:
Enrolment to this course unit only possible at ETH. No enrolment to module 090Phy1 at UZH.
Please mind the ETH enrolment deadlines for UZH students: Link
W4 credits3GM. Mohr
AbstractThe course introduces the principles of subject-oriented didactics in physics: preparation of lectures, planing, boundary conditions, teaching methods, auxiliary materials, experiments, exercises, tests, use of different media
ObjectiveDie Studierenden verfügen über fachdidaktische Grundlagen für den Physikunterricht an einer Mittelschule. Sie können eigene Lektionen unter Berücksichtigung der vielfältigen Rahmenbedingungen planen und durchführen. Sie reflektieren ihren Unterricht und sind bestrebt, ihn didaktisch und pädagogisch weiter zu entwickeln.
Die Studierenden kennen die Einsatzmöglichkeiten, Chancen und Schwierigkeiten verschiedener Unterrichtsmethoden und Hilfsmittel. Sie können die Eignung von Unterrichtsformen im Hinblick auf eine Lernsituation beurteilen. Sie bemühen sich in ihrem Unterricht, geeignete Methoden angepasst an die Klasse und das Thema umzusetzen.
Die Studierenden sind mit Grundlagen des Experimentierens im Physikunterricht vertraut. Sie kennen zahlreiche Experimente zu verschiedenen physikalischen Themen und sind darauf sensibilisiert, Demonstrations- und Schülerexperimente im Unterricht zielgerichtet einzusetzen.
ContentLektionsplanung und –durchführung: Lehrplan, Stundentafel, Zeitbudget, Berücksichtigung von Vorwissen, Alltagsbezug, Übungs- und Hausaufgaben, Prüfungen und Noten, Weiterbildung, Beurteilung
Fachspezifisches: Demonstrations- und Schülerexperimente, Arbeitsmittel zu physikalischen Themen des Grundlagen- und Schwerpunktunterrichts
Einsatz verschiedener Unterrichtsmaterialien: Experimente, Computer, Taschenrechner, Video, Simulation
Unterrichtsformen: Lernaufgabe, Werkstatt, Puzzle, Projekt, Arbeitswoche, Gruppenarbeit, Praktikum
Allg. Didaktik: praktische Beispiele zu Themen aus AD I
Lecture notesA script is available during the lecture.
402-0909-00LPhysics Didactics II: Motivating Instruction Commensurate with the Level Restricted registration - show details
Prerequisite: sucessful completion of course 402-0910-00L Physics Didactics: Special Didactics of Physics Teaching (Lecturer: M. Mohr).

Information for UZH students:
Enrolment to this course unit only possible at ETH. No enrolment to module 090Phy2 at UZH.
Please mind the ETH enrolment deadlines for UZH students: Link
W4 credits3GC. Wagner, A. Vaterlaus
AbstractUnterrichtssequenzen zu vorgegebenen physikalischen Themen werden unter Berücksichtigung der Interessensforschung und der historischen Entwicklung in einem blended Learning Ansatz erarbeitet.
ObjectiveDie Studierenden kennen verschiedene Möglichkeiten der Unterrichtsgestaltung durch unterschiedliche Lernformen und können diese anwenden. Sie beziehen Resultate der Interessensforschung, das Vorwissen sowie das Wissen um häufige Fehlvorstellungen in ihre Unterrichtsentwicklung mit ein und können den Lernerfolg mit Hilfe verschiedener Beurteilungsinstrumente evaluieren.
ContentZu vorgegebenen Themen der Physik werden Lerngelegenheiten für die Gymnasialstufe entwickelt. Dabei soll der Einführung ins Thema, der Stoffauswahl, der Lernform sowie der Ergebnissicherung besondere Aufmerksamkeit geschenkt werden. Diese Lerngelegenheiten werden in einem blended Learning Ansatz mit Referee- und Vorstellungssequenzen ausgearbeitet. Am Ende des Semesters liegen detailliert ausgearbeitete und evaluierte Unterrichtseinheiten zu einem Themenbereich der Mittelschulphysik vor.
Lecture notesWird durch die Teilnehmer im Kurs erarbeitet.
Literaturezum Beispiel: P. Häussler, W. Bünder, R. Duit, W. Gräber, J. Mayer, "Perspektiven für die Unterrichtspraxis", IPN (1998), ISBN 3-89088-124-6
Prerequisites / NoticeDie Inhalte von Fachdidaktik 1 werden in der Fachdidaktik 2 vorausgesetzt.
402-0904-00LProfessional Exercises: Experiments in Physics Teaching Information Restricted registration - show details
Limited number of participants.

Prerequisite: Participation and successful completion in the course Physics Didactics I: Special Didactics of Physics Teaching (402-0910-00L)

Sending an email to Link till 31 May 2018 is mandatory.
Registrations will be made on a first come first serve basis.
W2 credits4GM. Mohr, H. R. Deller, M. Lieberherr, C. Prim
AbstractIn this one-week block course, students practice conducting experiments at high-school level. To do this, the students move between three cantonal high schools in the German-speaking part of Switzerland.
Objective- Students develop their skills in conducting experiments in such a way that they can perform fundamental demonstration experiments and pupil experiments both correctly and successfully in their lessons.
- They are inclined to allocate a high priority to pupils' experiments and are familiar with different forms of organisation.
ContentDie Studierenden arbeiten in Zweiergruppen mit dem reichhaltigen Material einer Mittelschulsammlung unter den im Unterricht üblichen Bedingungen. Anhand geeigneter Demonstrationsexperimente entwickeln sie zunehmende Selbständigkeit im Auswählen des Materials, Aufbauen der Versuchsanordnungen und Vorführen vor den Kollegen/innen. Damit werden sie in die Lage versetzt, die experimentellen Anforderungen in den Übungs- und Praktikumslektionen zu bewältigen.
In einer Werkstatt mit verschiedenen Posten zu Schülerexperimenten lernen sie Schülermaterial, Arbeitsformen, Aufgabenstellungen und die Problematik der Notengebung kennen. Sie erhalten Anregungen zu einfachen Freihandexperimenten, zur Astronomie und Themen der modernen Physik. Sie arbeiten mit Simulationsprogrammen für Physik.
Lecture notesUnterlagen werden zur Verfügung gestellt.
Prerequisites / NoticeBeschränkte Platzzahl.
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