Prof. Jochen Rau: The beauty of the basics – what I learnt while teaching physics in Ulm

Zeit : Montag , 16:15 Uhr
Veranstalter : Physikalisches Kolloquium
Ort : Hörsaal H13,

Prof. Jochen Rau

RheinMain University of Applied Sciences, Wiesbaden

`Docendo discimus – by teaching, we learn’, the ancient Romans used to say. After over 4 years of teaching theoretical physics in Ulm, I wholeheartedly agree. Even the basic subjects may still surprise both the student and the teacher. I will share three little gems, one from each course I taught in Ulm, which I found particularly enlightening and which, in my view, deserve a more prominent place in the theory curriculum: in classical mechanics, the Poincaré-Cartan invariant; in electrodynamics, the parallels between Maxwell’s equations and the Schrödinger equation; and in statistical mechanics, the information-theoretic underpinning of entropy, ensembles, and the second law.

Organisation: Prof. Dr. F. Jelezko, Tel. 23750

Host: Prof. Plenio, Tel. 22900, off.: 22911