What is Physics?
What is Physics?
Physics, one of the oldest academic disciplines, is a natural science concerned with the study of the general laws of the universe at all scales, from the smallest to the largest. The knowledge it provides is a basis for all scientific and technological progress.
Some of the physicists focus on theoretical knowledge, while others perform new experiments and design new instruments; from physical instrumentation are derived many of the new technologies which became an intrinsic part of the modern world. Lasers, nuclear reactors, medical imaging, even the internet are few examples.
Physics at University of Bucharest
The Faculty of Physics of the University of Bucharest is ranked first among similar faculties in Romania.
Research is organised in three departments and six sub-departments: atmospheric and planetary physics; atomic and nuclear physics (including particle physics); condensed matter physics; biophysics; theoretical physics; lasers and photonics. The Faculty of Physics has well equipped teaching laboratories and a large library. It is located at Magurele, a small town 7 km south-west of Bucharest, the most important scientific and technological center in Romania. Students may arrange to do research projects in the laboratories of the four neighbouring national research institutes (National Institute for Materials Physics, "Horia Hulubei" National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering, National Institute for Laser, Plasma and Radiation Physics and National Institute for Earth Physics).
More than 60% of Physics graduates go on to study for a higher degree, leading to careers in academic or industry research. Physics graduates may be enrolled as researchers at research and development departments, as technical consultants, as teachers in science education. Some of them develop careers in finance and business, based on their analytical and problem-solving skills acquired while studying Physics.