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STUDENT OF APPLIED PHYSICS
A bit more tangible
‘I decided to study Physics, because I love how physics can explain all the things that seem really normal. How do fluids behave? Why is the sky blue? How can you design a fire sprinkler tube? You can also use models to predict something, so that you can for example optimize devices without actually building them. In Groningen, they offer both the applied and the theoretical part of physics, which is why I chose this university. Applied physics is mostly about devices and materials, which makes it a bit more tangible. My plans for the future aren’t clear yet, but I started with the Master’s programme in Applied Physics. The programme contains research and an internship, and I hope to find out what suits me best. I could see myself working in a technical company, in the research and development department for example.’
The Physics degree programme (in Dutch: Natuurkunde/Technische natuurkunde) is for inquisitive people who want to know how the world around us works and what we can do with this knowledge. People like this have been responsible for many of the world’s ground-breaking theories and applications. Physicists capture the knowledge of phenomena in theories which they use to predict how the natural world will behave. In a successful theory, all the elements will fall into place. First-year students are always captivated by the lectures on Einstein’s theory of relativity, which have had far-reaching consequences for the study of physics and the development of modern technologies and equipment.
Physics is a ‘hard science’ that covers many disciplines. Do you love studying theory? Or are you more interested in experimental research with advanced instruments?
Do you see a future for yourself in medical research? Or do you want to help improve our environment? Whatever your choice, physics is about numbers, accuracy and precise measurements, and you will apply these to build mathematical models to explain and predict natural phenomena.
As a physicist you will learn how to analyse, how to translate problems into mathematical models and how to distinguish between essential and secondary issues, and you will learn how to approach and resolve problems. In Applied Physics you will learn how to apply physics to technology and how to approach problems with a technical mindset. This discipline focuses on design and construction, installing measuring equipment, working with advanced instruments, information technology and computational physics.
Is this the programme for you?
If you want to study Physics or Applied Physics, you will need to have an aptitude for the sciences. An important part of physics is mathematics, because mathematics is the ‘language’ of physics. You also need to be highly inquisitive and you should enjoy solving puzzles. If you are the type who likes analysing and solving problems, then Physics is for you!
What is (applied) physics?
Student of Applied Physics
Prof. Van Wees, winner of the Spinoza Prize (the Dutch Nobel Prize)
Filming ultrarapid dynamics in molecules
Where is the Higgs boson?
Between 1998 and 2008, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) built a huge particle accelerator with a diameter of ten kilometres under the ground near Geneva, Switzerland, with the aim of proving the existence of the Higgs boson. This particle is so heavy that it had never been observed before. Higgs’ theory said the particle had to exist; it gives mass to all other particles. In July 2012, CERN made international headlines: scientists had found a new particle, which was soon shown to be the predicted Higgs boson.
What are the smallest building blocks of matter? What are gravitational waves? How does a principle of physics become an application in a hospital or in a nuclear reactor? Is it possible to build a quantum computer?
What is (applied) physics?