General information:
Name:
Fundamental issues in philosophy of physics and chemistry
Code:
UBPJO-028
Profile of education:
Academic (A)
Lecture language:
English
Semester:
Spring
Responsible teacher:
prof. dr hab. inż. Koleżyński Andrzej (kolezyn@agh.edu.pl)
Academic teachers:
prof. dr hab. inż. Koleżyński Andrzej (kolezyn@agh.edu.pl)
Module summary

Description of learning outcomes for module
MLO code Student after module completion has the knowledge/ knows how to/is able to Connections with FLO Method of learning outcomes verification (form of completion)
Social competence
M_K001 The analysis of selected philosophical and methodological problems concerning particular branches of science favour the development of creative skills of future engineer as well as contribute to shape analytical and critical stance on explored technical and technological processes and practical problems. Activity during classes,
Participation in a discussion,
Presentation
Skills
M_U001 Studying philosophy shapes an analytic way of thinking and develop skill of critical problem analysis, including those met by graduate student in professional career as an engineer. Due to the introduction to methodology of science and acquired knowledge concerning fundamental philosophical and methodological issues of particular scientific disciplines, student gain the basis for creative and effective approach to practical problems analysis and solving during everyday work as an engineer. Activity during classes,
Participation in a discussion,
Presentation
Knowledge
M_W001 Through an introduction to fundamental issues of modern philosophy of science, future graduate will learn a new way of looking at modern science, its role, potential outcomes as well as drawbacks and limitations for practical applications during professional career as an engineer. Activity during classes,
Examination
M_W002 After careful studying of selected philosophical methods of analysis of selected philosophical and methodological problems in science (especially in physics and chemistry), graduate student will gain a new extensive point of view on a role, application possibilities and limitations of modern science in a context of practical application of its methods. Examination
FLO matrix in relation to forms of classes
MLO code Student after module completion has the knowledge/ knows how to/is able to Form of classes
Lecture
Audit. classes
Lab. classes
Project classes
Conv. seminar
Seminar classes
Pract. classes
Zaj. terenowe
Zaj. warsztatowe
Others
E-learning
Social competence
M_K001 The analysis of selected philosophical and methodological problems concerning particular branches of science favour the development of creative skills of future engineer as well as contribute to shape analytical and critical stance on explored technical and technological processes and practical problems. - - - - - + - - - - -
Skills
M_U001 Studying philosophy shapes an analytic way of thinking and develop skill of critical problem analysis, including those met by graduate student in professional career as an engineer. Due to the introduction to methodology of science and acquired knowledge concerning fundamental philosophical and methodological issues of particular scientific disciplines, student gain the basis for creative and effective approach to practical problems analysis and solving during everyday work as an engineer. - - - - - + - - - - -
Knowledge
M_W001 Through an introduction to fundamental issues of modern philosophy of science, future graduate will learn a new way of looking at modern science, its role, potential outcomes as well as drawbacks and limitations for practical applications during professional career as an engineer. + - - - - - - - - - -
M_W002 After careful studying of selected philosophical methods of analysis of selected philosophical and methodological problems in science (especially in physics and chemistry), graduate student will gain a new extensive point of view on a role, application possibilities and limitations of modern science in a context of practical application of its methods. + - - - - + - - - - -
Module content
Lectures:

List of lectures:
1. Introduction to philosophy of science.
2. Scientific reasoning
3. Laws of nature
4. The role of models, abstraction and idealization in physics and chemistry, problem of approximations in quantum chemistry.
5. Objects – their existence, identity and properties
6. (Un)observable and (un)detectable – the role of causal relations and/or structures
7. Scientific realism vs antirealism, selective skepticism
8. The role of experiment in physics and chemistry
9. Noether theorem and conservation laws, the role of symmetry in physics and chemistry
10. Fundamental forces and spontaneous symmetry breaking
11. Gauge invariance, Standard Model, Higgs field
12. Determinism in modern physics
13. Reductionism and emergence in physics and chemistry
14. The autonomy of philosophy of chemistry – introduction
15. The autonomy of philosophy of chemistry – case study: ontological status of chemical bond

Seminar classes:

Based on the original papers written by some of the most influential philosophers of science, the following issues will be presented and discussed during classes: scientific reasoning (induction, deduction, inference to the best explanation), causality, determinism, philosophical stances (e.g. scientific realism, instrumentalism, constructive empiricism, internal realism, semirealism), ontological and epistemological issues in science (e.g. objects existence, identity and properties – (un)observables and (un)detectables, problem of experiment/measurement, problem of abstraction, idealization and models, inadequacy of classical language in the description of peculiarities of micro world), laws of nature, the role of symmetry in science (Noether theorem, conservation laws, gauge symmetry), ontological and epistemological reductionism, emergence in physics and chemistry, evolution of chosen concepts due to the theory developments (space, time), second law of thermodynamics and the arrow of time.

Student workload (ECTS credits balance)
Student activity form Student workload
Summary student workload 125 h
Module ECTS credits 5 ECTS
Preparation for classes 48 h
Participation in lectures 14 h
Preparation of a report, presentation, written work, etc. 30 h
Participation in seminar classes 28 h
Examination or Final test 5 h
Additional information
Method of calculating the final grade:

Final grade will be calculated as weighted average of partial grades obtained for presentation (40%), activity during seminar(15%) and final exam(45%).

Prerequisites and additional requirements:

The course is intended for undergraduate students and majors interested in exploring philosophical questions inspired by modern physics and chemistry.

Recommended literature and teaching resources:

Recommended literature and teaching resources not specified

Scientific publications of module course instructors related to the topic of the module:

Additional scientific publications not specified

Additional information:

None