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Hot Big Bang Academia Copernicana Course


  • Prerequisites for the Hot Big Bang Model AC course, summer semester 2019/20
    • Some of the participants will be from the physics faculty, but many will be from the biology and chemistry faculties, so students will not be expected to have advanced physics knowledge. Those who do know physics will obviously have an advantage in understanding the material. Some basic knowledge will nevertheless be expected:
    • mathematics: elementary algebra, calculus, geometry and statistics, as required in the hard sciences at doctoral research level (physics/chemistry/biology)
    • physics/astronomy: elementary knowledge of astronomy and physics will be expected (e.g. Newton's law, qualitative knowledge of nuclei, atoms, planets, stars, galaxies)
    • software tools: doctoral students in fundamental scientific research should be familiar with or be willing to quickly learn how to use software that they have the right to use freely, to understand, to modify and to redistribute in original or modified form; use of software tools not satisfying these conditions (or use of web services running unknown software) will be considered intellectually inconsistent with the aims of the examination
    • as doctoral students, the participants should be able to use the incredibly rich online resources of the Internet to catch up on missing background knowledge; this does not mean the ability to click, it means the ability to click, read, think, calculate and verify to successively deeper levels of knowledge


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  • 5h on three separate Tuesdays:
    • Tuesdays 13:00-18:00
    • 21 April
    • 28 April
    • 12 May 2020
    • a URL for interactive sessions will be provided by email



  • EXAM: 10:00-15:30 2020-06-29 or 10:00-15:30 2020-07-02
  • https://cosmo.torun.pl/wims -> students' area
  • You can (and should) practise the questions any time you wish (24h/7d), but your scores will not count towards your exam.
  • Your score for the exam will be rounded to the nearest number in the set {0, 2, 3, 3.5, 4, 4.5, 5}
  • You will have a GNU/Linux operating system available, including GNU Octave , for numerical calculations.
  • The examination for this subject requires verification that the students are working through examination questions using verifiable tools. Purely online methods of verifying the students' knowledge are insufficient for this course, so a face-to-face "traditional" exam is required. Experience has shown that some students use scientifically invalid methods.
  • If we do an afternoon session: buses: 12:30 PKS bus stand number 3, 23 min; return 18:08 37 min
  • Student view versus professor view of exam

TODO: formal signatures

  • Lista obecności.docx in principle should be printed and signed at each lecture; the rules for online lectures don't yet seem to have been announced; probably we could sign these at the exam, which only makes sense done face-to-face.

-- BoudRoukema - 02 Mar 2020
Topic revision: r9 - 16 Jun 2020, BoudRoukema
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