What is Physics
Physics ("knowledge of nature") is thescienceconcerned withthediscoveryandunderstandingof the most basic fundamental
laws of the universe that control the way everything in the worldaround us behaves. Discoveries in basic physics have importantramifications for all of science.Physics attempts to describe the natural world by theapplication of logicscientific methods, includingmodelingby
theoreticians.As a core scientific discipline, physics is concernedwith the fundamental laws that govern the behaviour of everything from the smallest elementary particle to theevolution of the Universe, which includes living and non-livingorganisms.Physics may be thought of as the foundational science, uponwhich stand the "central sciences" for example nuclear science,chemistry,biological sciences,andmaterial sciences.The
applications of physics in everyday life are extremely broad; thisfact is reflected in the fact that physics is important in justabout all technologies.
If you have an enquiring mind, always asking
things work, then physics will help you find theanswers.Physics is the science that deals with
(solids, liquids,gases and everthing that is made up from them), all forms of
and the interaction of these two things. It looks atthings on the largest scales and greatest distances conceivablesuch as the planets, stars and the universe and goes right downto the smallest sizes imaginable with nanotechnology,molecules, atoms, the nucleus and subatomic particles. It seeksto explain electricity, light, sound, heat, it deals with space andeverything in it, it deals with time and everything tied to it.Physics tries to figure out the most basic of laws in the universethat control the way everything in the world around us behaves.Its applications in everyday life are extremely broad.
Programmes in Physics
The DIT School of Physics is one of the largest PhysicsDepartments in the State. At DIT, we offer a number of programmes in different aspects of physics from technology tomedical and clinical areas such as clinical measurement andoptometry.
Student Final Year Projects
Every year, our final year students write a thesis on their projectwork in physics which is laboratory or research based and isoften carried out with research scientists in DIT or with medicalpractitioners in hospitals and elsewhere. An abstract is alsopublished in the annual
millions of kilometres - distance scale to the planets
thousands of kilometres - the scale of satellite orbits
kilometres - the scale for distances we travel
the metre - the scale we use to measure our own height