Last year this course was known as: Hands On Physics.
In this course you will take an interactive, hands-on approach to learning about the curious and often insane world of granular materials, often referred to as the fifth state of matter.
First of all, they exist almost everywhere in the universe, they range from nanoscale to planet-sized, from sands to our breakfast cereals to asteroid fields! It is estimated that 10%, yes 10% (!) of the energy production of the world is expended manipulating granular materials - from the cement in building to the powders which make up modern day medicines. Whether you want to mine for gold, drill for oil or land a spaceship on Mars, an understanding of granular materials is vital.
These materials are also key to our understanding of various catastrophic natural phenomena, including snow avalanches, debris flows, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. By studying granular media, it is hoped that one day we may be able to better predict, or even prevent, these devastating events.
Finally, granular media demonstrate a plethora of fascinating - and often unique - behaviours. For example, adding water to a sand pile can make it mouldable; we all exploited this phenomenon to build sand castles when we were younger! Granular materials exhibit a huge range of behaviours and can behave like a solids, liquids or even gases. All three states are easy to see in a simple hour glass; where the static materials transforms into a liquid avalanche before falling thought the hole as a granular gas.
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- Methods: A mix of group and individual projects, all of them hands-on.
- Course level: Beginner’s
- Target group: Bachelor’s students with an interest in physics.
- Required knowledge: No previous knowledge required.
- Course leaders: tbc
- Credits: 2 ECTS for successfully completing the summer school
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