Undergraduate Course: Geometry and Physics of Soft Condensed Matter (PHYS11055)
|School||School of Physics and Astronomy
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Year 5 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||In this course, we explore how to build theories for the complex fluids introduced in the Soft Matter Physics and Introduction to Condensed Matter Physics courses; we will often be taking examples from the world of biology. The focus of the course will be to emphasise generic features in order to build up a repertoire of theoretical tools that are widely applicable to analyse a diversity of soft materials. Topics covered may vary from year to year depending on the specialisms of the staff involved.
Physics and nonequilibrium thermodynamics of binary mixtures
Symmetries and phases of liquid crystals
Topological defects in liquid crystals
Hydrodynamic theories of complex fluids
Topological properties of DNA: knots and supercoiling
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 20,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 10,
Summative Assessment Hours 4,
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 S2 (April/May)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Write down continuum (hydrodynamic) equations for complex fluids starting from a suitable free energy.
- Understand the physics of binary mixtures and liquid crystals.
- Understand and identify topological defects in liquid crystals, and understand their consequences for the physics of these materials.
- Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of DNA knots and supercoiling, and their basic consequences for DNA biophysics.
- Demonstrate a grasp of the order of magnitude of the central quantities and develop confidence with "intuitive" estimates as well as calculations based on concepts presented in this course.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Alexander Morozov
Tel: (0131 6)50 5289
|Course secretary||Ms Wendy Hisbent
Tel: (0131 6)51 3448