Undergraduate Course: Physics of Fields and Matter (PHYS08046)
Course Outline
School  School of Physics and Astronomy 
College  College of Science and Engineering 
Course type  Standard 
Availability  Available to all students 
Credit level (Normal year taken)  SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) 
Credits  20 
Home subject area  Undergraduate (School of Physics and Astronomy) 
Other subject area  None 
Course website 
None 
Taught in Gaelic?  No 
Course description  This course is designed for prehonours physics students. It provides an introduction to electromagnetic fields and the properties of matter. It serves both as a preparation for further study in physicsbased degree programmes, and as a standalone course for students of other disciplines, including mathematics, chemistry, geosciences, computer science and engineering. The course consists of lectures to present new material, and workshops to develop understanding, familiarity and fluency. 
Information for Visiting Students
Prerequisites  None 
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?  No 
Course Delivery Information

Delivery period: 2014/15 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1)

Learn enabled: No 
Quota: None 

Web Timetable 
Web Timetable 
Class Delivery Information 
4 lectures per week and 1 out of 3 workshops. 
Course Start Date 
12/01/2015 
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) 
Total Hours:
200
(
Lecture Hours 44,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Summative Assessment Hours 3,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
131 )

Additional Notes 

Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) 
Written Exam
80 %,
Coursework
20 %,
Practical Exam
0 %

Exam Information 
Exam Diet 
Paper Name 
Hours & Minutes 

Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)   3:00   Resit Exam Diet (August)   3:00  
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course it is intended that student will be able to:
 State the basic principles of electromagnetism and condensed matter physics
 Apply these principles in conjunction with elementary mathematical techniques to solve simple problems in electromagnetism and condensed matter physics
 Present a solution to a physics problem in a clear and logical written form
 Assess whether a solution to a given problem is physically reasonable
 Locate and use additional sources of information (to include discussion with peers where appropriate) to facilitate independent problemsolving
 Take responsibility for learning by attending lectures and workshops, and completing coursework

Assessment Information
20% Coursework
80% Examination
To pass course it is required to obtain a weighted average of 40% AND to obtain 40% in the examination. 
Special Arrangements
None 
Additional Information
Academic description 
Not entered 
Syllabus 
Physics of Fields (20 lectures)
 Introduction and why electromagnetism is important. (1)
 Electric charge, Coulomb's Law. (1)
 Electric field from changes, dipoles and charge distributions. (2)
 Gauss's Law in integral form and briefly in div form. (1)
 Electrostatic potential from point changes and charge distributions and link to work. (2)
 Capacitors, dielectric materials, energy stored in electric fields. (2)
 Current, resistance, RC circuits. (1)
 Magnetic field, Lorentz force of charges and current, magnetic moment and torque on current loops. (2)
 Ampere's Law in integral form, mangetic field in solenoid and toriods. (2)
 Induction, magnetic Flux, Faraday's Law, Lenz's Law (2)
 Inductance, current in inductor, RL circuits, energy in magnetic field. (2)
 Magnetic materials. Dia/Para/Ferromagnetism. The Earth's magnetic field (1)
 LC and LRC circuit, forced LRC and resonance. (2)
 Maxwell's equations in integral form and discussion of physical implications. (1)
Physics of Matter (20 lectures)
 Basic concepts. Phases; equation of state; PVT surface and projections. (1)
 Elementary thermal physics. Origin of phase transitions; basic thermodynamics: equilibrium (0th law); contributions to the internal energy (1st law), heat capacities and latent heat; brief mention of free energy; entropy and its statistical interpretation (2nd law). (2)
 Ideal gases. Kinetic theory; MaxwellBoltzmann velocity distributions; sedimentation/barometric height distribution; degrees of freedom and equipartition theorem. (3)
 Nonideal gases. LennardJones type interaction; van der Waals approach; instability in PV isotherms; appearance of the liquid below Tc; phase coexistence and critical phenomena. (2)
 Liquid phase. Radial distribution function; vapour pressure; surface tension. (1)
 Flow and transport phenomena. Bernoulli's equation; viscosity; Reynolds number; thermal and electrical conductivity. (2)
 Crystalline phase. Bonding types; types of order; unit cells and basis; symmetry; centring; Miller indices; crystal planes, Bragg's law; reciprocal space, Fourier analysis, Structure Factor, scattering of electrons, neutrons and Xrays; electronic band structure. (4)
 Semiconductors. Doping. pn junctions. Transistors. (1)
 Noncrystalline solids. Amorphous solids and glasses. (1)
 Elasticity and deformations. Young's modulus; sound waves; bulk modulus; shear stress and dislocations; cracking. (2)
 Other phases of matter. Liquid crystals. Magnetic materials. (1) 
Transferable skills 
Not entered 
Reading list 
Physics of Fields section:
Resnick, Halliday & Walker, "Fundamentals of Physics" Edition 6,7,8 or 9 (chapters 22  32 approx)
Physics of Matter section:
D Tabor, "Gases, Liquids and Solids", Cambridge University Press, 1991. 
Study Abroad 
Not entered 
Study Pattern 
Not entered 
Keywords  PFM 
Contacts
Course organiser  Dr Will Hossack
Tel: (0131 6)50 5261
Email: w.hossack@ed.ac.uk 
Course secretary  Mrs Bonnie Macmillan
Tel: (0131 6)50 5905
Email: Bonnie.MacMillan@ed.ac.uk 

