Course: History of physics and Engineering

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Course title History of physics and Engineering
Course code KFY/DEFTD
Organizational form of instruction Seminary
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements unspecified
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Sosna Tomáš, Mgr.
Course content
1.-2. Introduction, natural laws getting to know in ancient and middle ages times. 3. Birth of physics (Newton), the period since 1720. 4. Thermodynamics (Carnot, Joule, Gibbs), 1800-1900. 5. Electricity and magnetism(Faraday, Maxwell) 1800 - 1900. 6. The 19th and 20th century turning point (Courie, Roentgen, Planc) 1890-1920. 7. All is relative (Einstein) 1895-1922. 8.-10. Quantum revolution (Heisenberg, Dirac, Fermi, Pauli, Bohr) 1905-1945. 11.-12. Modern physics (Feynman, Gell-Mann, Hawking, Witten ...) 1950- 13.-14. Czech physics, Nobel prices in the area of physics. 1. Inventions, discoveries and society development. 2. An overview of significant inventions and their destiny. 3. The first and second industrial revolution. 4. Technical branches in 19th century. 5.-14. History of metallurgy, steam energy, hydraulic machines, textile production, combustion engines, transport, machinery, electricity and magnetism.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming)
Learning outcomes
General problems of history of physics. Physics in the period of Renaissance. Geocentric system. Basic phenomena of classical physics. Peak of classical physics. Classical science about heat, light, magnetism and friction electricity and electric current. Science development in the area of knowledge of electromagnetic field. Quantum and statistics physicis. Theory of relativity. Getting students to know with the development of technical systems. Sudents understand technical systems' influence on civilization since the beginning of the civilization up to current. Students gain a general overview of the key branches of techonology. Students know important inventions and inventors and technical sights.
Orientation in historic development of physics and its impact on the development of society. Orientation in historic development of key disciplines of technics, students understand the relationship technics-society.
No prerequisites

Assessment methods and criteria

Basic overview of historic development of physics. Seminar paper, choise of posted topics- 6 pages.
Recommended literature
  • Národní technické muzeum Praha: Průvodce po technických památkách. Praha, Národní technické muzeum 1993.
  • Hozák, J., Štoll, I.:. Věda a technika v českých zemích. 1. vyd. Fragment, Havlíčkův Brod, 2002.
  • Kraus, I.:. Dějiny technických věd a vynálezů v českých zemích. Academia, 1. vyd. Praha, 2004.
  • Kvítek, M.:. Průkopníci vědy a techniky v českých zemích. Praha, Fragment 1994.
  • Max von Laue. Dějiny fyziky (překlad). Praha, 1963.
  • Zeithammer, K.:. Vývoj techniky. Praha, ČVUT 1994.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Teacher training in physics (2) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter