Communicating physics

Physics, First Cycle
Educational Physics
3 year
Hours per week – 1. semester:

Enrolment in regular study

Admission to the exam only after successfully completed project work.

Content (Syllabus outline)

Lessons will cover the following topics which will include examples from basic and modern physics:

  1. Some latest findings on how people learn and which major processes run in our brain during learning. Examples of typical difficulties that students and laymen have with understanding basic physics concepts.

  2. Oral presentation: basics, effective use of information technology, program tools and demo experiments. Typical problems and mistakes that novices make in giving oral presentations.

  3. Writing science and popular science literature. Typical structure of scientific paper. Impact factor and H index. Review process. Typical problems and mistakes that novices make in writing science and popular science papers.

  4. Organizing and performing activities for popularization of science (science shows, competitions, do-it-yourself projects and more).


Iskanje primernih virov je tudi del aktivnosti v okviru predmeta. Priporočene vire določi nosilec predmeta glede na izbrane primere./Literature search is also an assignment given to students in the course. Course leader will suggest additional literature depending on the examples used in the course.
Priporočljiva dodatna literatura/suggested additional literature
E Zanders, L Macleod, Presentation skills for scientists, Cambridge Univ. Press, 2010.
PLANINŠIČ, Gorazd. Didaktika fizike : aktivno učenje ob poskusih. 1, Mehanika in termodinamika, (Matematika - fizika, 47). 1. ponatis. Ljubljana: DMFA - založništvo, 2011. 216 str.
J Strnad, O poučevanju fizike (v pripravi za tisk, DMFA).
Hobson A., Physics : concepts and connections 4th Ed., Prentice Hall, 2006.
Bloomfield L., How things work 3rd Ed., J. Wiley & Sons, 2006.
Tuje revije/forign journals:
New Scientist
Scientific American
Physics Today
Physics World
Domače revije/domestic journals:
Obzornik za mat. in fiziko
National Geographic (SLO)

Objectives and competences

Students will learn

-how to prepare and present a scientific presentation and popular science presentation.
-how to write scientific and popular science paper.
-how to organize and run an activity for popularizing science (physics).

Ability to communicate science topics to different audiences

Intended learning outcomes

Acquired knowledge
Knowledge about basic types of communicating scientific ideas and concepts to general and professional public. Basic knowledge about underlying theoretical frameworks.

Students will learn how to prepare and present a scientific presentation and popular science presentation, how to write scientific and popular science paper and how to organize and run an activity for popularizing science (physics).

Awareness of typical difficulties and caveats in communication science to different audiences.

Transferable competencies – not limited on one subject only
Ability to communicate science topics with general (laymen) public. Effective use of ICT in communicating science topics.

Learning and teaching methods

Lessons, cooperative learning and peer instruction, active learning using guided inquiry, student seminars and project tasks.


Single grade that combines achievements on tests, on projects and at recitations
grading: 5 (fail), 6-10 (pass) (according to the Statute of UL)

Lecturer's references

doc. dr. Aleš Mohorič:
1. Obzornik za matematiko in fiziko. Mohorič, Aleš (član uredniškega odbora 2006-2008, področni urednik 2008-). Ljubljana: Društvo matematikov, fizikov in astronomov Slovenije, 1951-. ISSN 0473-7466. [COBISS-SI-ID 753412]
2. Presek : list za mlade matematike, fizike, astronome in računalnikarje. Mohorič, Aleš (član uredniškega odbora 2009-2010, odgovorni urednik 2010-). Ljubljana: Društvo matematikov, fizikov in astronomov Slovenije, 1972-. ISSN 0351-6652., [COBISS-SI-ID 757252]
3. MOHORIČ, Aleš. Temperatura : RTV Slovenija, 1. program, oddaja Dobra ura z Boštjanom, 7. 11. 2013. [COBISS-SI-ID 2636900]
4. MOHORIČ, Aleš, PODOBNIK, Tomaž. Navodila za Fizikalni praktikum pri predmetu Uvod v fiziko. Ljubljana: Fakulteta za matematiko in fiziko, Oddelek za fiziko, 2010-. 33 str. [COBISS-SI-ID 2216548]
5. MOHORIČ, Aleš, STEPIŠNIK, Janez. NMR in the Earth's magnetic field. Progress in nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, ISSN 0079-6565. [Print ed.], 2009, vol. 54, str. 166-182, doi: 10.1016/j.pnmrs.2008.07.002. [COBISS-SI-ID 2157156], [JCR, SNIP, WoS do 17. 9. 2017: št. citatov (TC): 22, čistih citatov (CI): 22, Scopus do 22. 7. 2017: št. citatov (TC): 24, čistih citatov (CI): 24]