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Physics Summer Course in Oxford Ages 16-18

Oxford Summer School 2019
Also in Cambridge

Part of the BROADENING HORIZONS Programme


Study Physics with our Oxford Summer School 2019. This physics summer course aims to introduce students to aspects of physics beyond what is taught in most schools, introducing them to topics encountered at a degree level in order to give an impression of the current state of modern physics and its most intellectually challenging -and rewarding- aspects.

2 or 4 weeks |Available July - August 2019

  • Residential in historic buildings in Oxford
  • An inspiring Physics summer course taught by experts.
  • Combine this course with other options - tailor your programme
  • A truly international environment - over 135 nationalities in 2018

Course Summary

The class contains very little overlap with conventional high school physics. The physics covered in high school is over two hundred years old. It can be archaic and boring, yet physics today is on the brink of exciting new discoveries. For students to gain an appreciation of physics, it is best that they are exposed to the ideas and problems of modern physics which are covered in class.

Session Format

The structure of this physics summer course is based mainly on discussion and worksheets. Problem solving in groups captures the activity of research physics well, and this is why group worksheets in class are an important part of the curriculum. The homework and presentation give the students further opportunity to test their understanding, and to research and explain to their peers topics not covered in the classes.

During the first four days, the underlying ideas of relativistic physics are introduced. During the next three days quantum physics is introduced and analysed from perspectives of philosophy and technological applications. On the remaining days, a survey of other major areas of physics is offered for discussion.

What will you get out of the Physics Summer Course?

In addition to expanding their knowledge of physics, students will learn how to solve basic problems in relativistic physics and quantum physics; develop the conceptual sense to resolve common paradoxes in these fields; understand how these fundamentals are used to comprehend the world around us; gain a superficial understanding of some of the most important areas of modern physics; become familiar with some unsolved problems in physics, such as those currently being investigated at the Large Hadron Collider in CERN; and gain experience in researching and presenting a topic.

The Broadening Horizons Programme

This subject is part of the Broadening Horizons course at Oxford Royale Summer Schools’s Oxford summer school.

The Broadening Horizons course, for students aged 16 to 18, is suitable both for those who are trying to decide what to pursue in further education, and for those who simply want to learn about a variety of interesting subjects - 30+ study options are available!

Students choose two morning classes and one afternoon workshop to provide a diverse and stimulating curriculum that is tailored to their needs, allowing them to pursue areas of interest or try out something new. Students studying Broadening Horizons in Oxford get the chance to live and learn in a college of the University of Oxford or in our 17th-century manor house, Yarnton Manor.

Learn more about and apply for the Broadening Horizons Programme in Oxford

Expectations and Pre-requisites

As the content of the course should be new to most high school students, unfamiliarity with the topics listed below should not discourage a student from taking this course; these requirements should be seen as preferable rather than mandatory.

Mathematical background required: basic algebraic manipulation; basic trigonometry; vector algebra; knowledge of differential and integral calculus an advantage but not necessary by any means.

Physics background required: displacement, velocity and acceleration; Newton’s Laws of Motion; conservation of energy; conservation of momentum; simple harmonic motion; waves.

Please note

It is not possible to choose Physics from both List A and List B, as the course content is the same. All option choices must be unique.

Choose your options and apply for Broadening Horizons

The Broadening Horizons programme - our flagship Oxford summer course - allows you to combine different subject options to enable a flexible, tailored programme that best suits your academic needs

To view other options, select your choice of options and apply, please visit the main Broadening Horizons Programme page

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