40. What is the reason to learn physics in the Department of Applied Chemistry of the Faculty of Engineering?


This interview is continued from the last time, with three good friends in the Department of Applied Chemistry of the Faculty of Engineering. Last time, I asked them what they thought of Yamanashi prefecture when entering from outside. This time, I asked them what they actually do in the study of Applied Chemistry.


I visited the website of the Department of Applied Chemistry of the Faculty of Engineering, and I read the motto “Learn common sense, explore “non” common sense, and realize “new” common sense, of chemistry”. It sounds cool (^^) It also says that the curriculum is based on the educational continuity from undergraduate to graduate courses in specific.  I’ve heard that you had taken an exam just before this interview.


The Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering, University of Yamanashi:




Ms. N: I failed… in a simplified test of inorganic chemistry (;_;)


Ms. S: I chose the science course to avoid physics (?!) in the entrance examination, but why now do I have to suffer from it? (-“-)


What do you mean? Physics in the course of science?


Ms. G: This is the textbook of inorganic chemistry…and this is “Schroedinger equation” that afflicts students of Applied Science. This equation is to lead to the probability of the existence of an electron…isn’t this physics? It means that you have to learn physics in order to learn chemistry.


Ms. N: For me, a “heart-twinging” point in chemistry is that everything can be explained by chemistry. For example, our bodies and natural phenomena are clarified by the chemical reaction when breaking them down to a molecular level. It’s awesome and heart throbbing♪


Ms. G: Yes, the fundamental is the same. Everything is made from the combination and the reaction of them. In other words, whenever we talk about the molecular level, we would be talking about physical phenomenon before we know it.


Ms. S: They say that living matters are explained by chemical phenomena, chemical matters are explained by physics, and physics is explained by mathematics. If that helps, they say that mathematics is explained by philosophy. Leaving mathematics and philosophy aside, we cannot do without physics for chemistry. Moreover, it is “Applied” chemistry, so it is quite natural that the study steps across the border with the field of physics.


 Ms. N: Now I understand what they are saying, but I didn’t know that at the time of the entrance examination. For me with an aversion to physics, this is a harsh reality…


Ms. G: We must accept the reality that science cannot be clearly divided by the fields and subjects. Let’s try hard for physics (lol)


Uh-huh, I understand what you mean. By the way, I feel that many people say they don’t like physics…I hear that in your year, female students are 17 out of 60. Why do you think that more female students are in the field of chemistry and biology than in the mechanical engineering or electric electronics engineering departments which focuses on physics?


Ms. G: I’ve heard that the brain setting is different between men and women from the start. A male brain is good for mechanical things, and a female brain on the other hand is intrigued by biosis-related things, so they say.


Ms. N: Don’t they have an image of muscular works with machine and mechanics? On the other hand, chemistry sounds like desk work and the heaviest thing is a test tube.


Ms. S: I think it’s true that heavy materials do not appear in the field of chemistry. I also think that science classes in elementary and middle schools are mainly biology and chemistry.I’m not sure but maybe because it is easier to get results from simple experiments and observations.


Ms. G: Well, yes. We used to get to biology and chemistry from when we were small, and do not feel challenged by them. But physics is barely touched on in high school, and doesn’t seem familiar to us.


Ms. N: I understand. When the students apt for physics are narrowed down from those who were free from frustrations in mathematics in their middle and high school days, and those who love mechanics, it is natural that there would be less female students.


Interesting~. We have to think about them too. I’ve learned a lot today, thank you very much♪


Three of them are going to have experiments and practical trainings on a full scale. They told me “We are going to be busy, but we have waited for these experiments and training, so we are happy!”♪ Each one of them has own philosophy and self-analysis. How wonderful and cheerful these three are. Visit our Support Office from time to time!