Fundamental Constants
Faculteit  Science and Engineering 
Jaar  2020/21 
Vakcode  WMPH00805 
Vaknaam  Fundamental Constants 
Niveau(s)  master 
Voertaal  Engels 
Periode  semester I a 
ECTS  5 
Rooster  rooster.rug.nl 
Uitgebreide vaknaam  Fundamental Constants  
Leerdoelen  After this course the student will be able to:  explain how fundamental constant connect fundamental science and metrology  determine the hierarchical position of scientific constants and their level of “fundamentalism”  put the development of the SIunits into a historical and societal perspective and indicate it’s shortcomings for fundamental science  make a motivated choice between the various unit systems based on their intended use  explain in depth a subject of choice from a historical, scientific and societal perspective 

Omschrijving  The objective of this course is to explain the connection between the role fundamental constants in fundamental science on the one hand and metrology, the art of everyday measurement, on the other hand. The relation between these constants and the various units systems are explained. A system to classify constants into a hierarchical structure based on their scientific status is discussed and related to the Standard Models of Physics. The historical evolution of techniques to measure time, length and mass will be reviewed and connected to Planck’s constant and the speed of light. The principles behind the atomic clock and the frequency comb are explained. The fundamental constants of the Standard Model of Particle Physics and the Cosmological Standard Model are reviewed.  
Uren per week  
Onderwijsvorm 
Hoorcollege (LC)
(6 weeks of 4 hours each + 2 weeks for report preparation) 

Toetsvorm 
Verslag (R)
(report (75%) + peerreview (25%)) 

Vaksoort  master  
Coördinator  dr. L. Willmann  
Docent(en)  dr. L. Willmann  
Entreevoorwaarden  
Opmerkingen  This course was registered last year with course code WMPH13009 

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