Undergraduate Course: Introduction to Condensed Matter Physics (PHYS10099)
|School||School of Physics and Astronomy
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course covers the structure of solids and other phases of condensed matter. The first part will give an introduction to materials which are not solid, or crystalline, and neither liquids, but are still condensed matter, such as colloidal fluids or glasses, gels and liquid crystals. The remainder of the course will be focused on providing a basic understanding of the electrical, thermal and mechanical properties of solids, and in particular metals and semiconductors. The aim is to give a firm grounding in the core concepts.
Soft condensed matter
-Colloids and Brownian motion
-Forces in colloidal suspensions
-Phases and energetics of liquid crystals
Hard condensed matter
-Phonons in real materials
-Introduction to crystallography
-Electrons in solids, band structure
-Metals, semiconductors and insulators; different types of chemical bonding
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 20,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Revision Session Hours 4,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||80% exam 20% coursework
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||Introduction to Condensed Matter Physics||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Appreciate the different types of bonding in solids and of interactions in soft matter.
- Be able to solve problems involving order parameters (magnetism and nematic order).
- Be able to solve problems in reciprocal space (phonons and electron band structure).
- Be able to estimate magnitudes of thermodynamic properties of hard and soft matter such as heat capacity and thermal expansion.
- Be able to estimate transport and non equilibrium properties of hard and soft matter, such as electrical conductivity of a metal and viscosity of a fluid.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Ingo Loa
Tel: (0131 6)51 7212
|Course secretary||Miss Yolanda Zapata-Perez
Tel: (0131 6)51 7067