Coordinator: Albert Langedijk
Physics plays an important role in the science of cooking. For example in the solubility of solid substances in fluids, the transfer of heat, the viscosity of fluids, glass transition temperature of chocolate, etcetera.
In the course ’The physics of cooking’ the main focus will be on the following topics
The influence of different concentrations of liquid / liquid solutions on the cooking temperature
Thermal analysis of ingredients and processes
The viscosity of Newtonian and non-Newtonian liquids
The surface tension of a fluid and the effect on bubble and foam formation
Mechanical analysis, e.g. stress-strain analysis of food
h3. Learning goals
Student are able to:
Describe in their own words the physical properties of the ingredients they use in the kitchen
use mathematical formulas which describe the mechanical properties of food
use mathematical formulas which describe the thermal reactions in cooking
Students know and understand the basic physical principles of cooking
Students can apply physical techniques in the preparation of food
Students can document and present results.
Period: September – January
Or: February - June
h3. Mode of instruction
h3. Assessment method
Blackboard will be used for communication and exchange of documents
h3. Reading list
Will be provided
Registration with cv and motivation letter via email@example.com. Deadline for registration is October 15th, 2017.
This elective program can host max. 24 students. A basic knowledge in the natural sciences is required; students of the Faculty of Science of Leiden University and students from the laboratory educations of Leiden University of Applied Sciences are welcome to register. The following admission requirements apply: minimal 3rd-year university students or 3rd- or 4th-year HBO students that meet the entry requirements for a minor of their educational programme*.
There will be a selection procedure for students who meet the entry requirements. Therefore, students are required to submit a curriculum vitae and a motivation letter. In addition, the motivation letter should describe an idea for a food science experiment that the student would like to carry out. Selection is done by the teaching staff, in which the following criteria are important: study results, motivation, English skills, and forming a well-balanced, diverse group of students.
*For HLO students: the students should have their propaedeutic (1st year) diploma of the Bachelor of Biology and Medical Laboratory Research or of the Bachelor Chemistry at least 10 days before the start of the minor programme and should meet the regular entry requirements for a minor.