Undergraduate Course: Soft Condensed Matter Physics (PHYS10097)
|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||Soft Condensed Matter Physics studies complex fluids in which intermediate level structures with length scale between small molecules and the macroscopic world exist: colloidal particles, polymers, and aggregates spontaneously formed by soap-like (surfac- tant) molecules. This course emphasises the generic features of these systems (most im- portantly, Brownian motion), and develops simple models to account for their behaviour. It will also look at how the principle of soft matter physics can give insight into biological problems.
* Material properties of gases, liquids and solids; atomic and molecular interactions
* Phase transitions and phase diagrams
* Viscous, elastic and viscoelastic behaviour of materials
* Glasses and the glass transition
* Liquid-liquid demixing and the regular solution model
* Interfaces and the kinetics of phase transitions: spinodal decomposition; homogeneous and heterogeneous nucleation
* Polymeric materials
* Statistics of polymer chains and characterization using scattering
* Polymer viscoelasticity
* Self-assembly of amphiphilic molecules
* Self-assembly of polymers
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 15,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 3,
Summative Assessment Hours 3,
Revision Session Hours 3,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||50% exam and 50% coursework
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of phase behaviour and phase transitions in soft matter.
- Explain Brownian motion in the framework of the Einstein equation.
- Discuss the properties and characterization of polymers and derive the main models to describe their behaviour.
- Demonstrate an understanding of self-assembly.
- 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 Job Thijssen
Tel: (0131 6)50 5274
|Course secretary||Miss Yolanda Zapata-Perez
Tel: (0131 6)51 7067