Undergraduate Course: Physics of Matter (PHYS08054)
Course Outline
School  School of Physics and Astronomy 
College  College of Science and Engineering 
Credit level (Normal year taken)  SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) 
Availability  Available to all students 
SCQF Credits  10 
ECTS Credits  5 
Summary  This course is designed for PreHonours Physics students. It provides an introduction to materials physics. 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. 
Course description 
 Basic concepts. Phases; equation of state; PVT surface and projections,
 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),
 Ideal gases. Kinetic theory; MaxwellBoltzmann velocity distributions; sedimentation/barometric height distribution; degrees of freedom and equipartition theorem,
 Nonideal gases. LennardJones type interaction; van der Waals approach; instability in PV isotherms; appearance of the liquid below Tc; phase coexistence and critical phenomena,
 Liquid phase. Radial distribution function; vapour pressure; surface tension,
 Flow and transport phenomena. Bernoulli's equation; viscosity; Reynolds number
 Crystalline phase. Bonding types; types of order; unit cells and basis; symmetry; centring; Miller indices; crystal planes, Bragg's law; scattering of electrons, neutrons and xrays.
 Electronic properties. Metals, semiconductors, insulators.
 Elasticity, plasticity, and fracture. Young's modulus; sound waves; bulk modulus; shear stress and dislocations; cracking.

Information for Visiting Students
Prerequisites  None 
High Demand Course? 
Yes 
Course Delivery Information

Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1)

Quota: 0 
Course Start 
Semester 2 
Timetable 
Timetable 
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) 
Total Hours:
100
(
Lecture Hours 22,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
64 )

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

Additional Information (Assessment) 
20% Coursework 80% Examination
To pass course it is required to obtain a weighted average of 40% AND to obtain 40% in the examination. 
Feedback 
Not entered 
Exam Information 
Exam Diet 
Paper Name 
Hours & Minutes 

Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)   1:45   Resit Exam Diet (August)   1:45  
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
 State the basic principles materials physics and apply these principles in conjunction with elementary mathematical techniques to solve simple problems in matter physics
 Present a solution to a physics problem in a clear and logical written form and 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 and take responsibility for learning by attending lectures and workshops, and completing coursework

Reading List
Blundell & Blundell, "Concepts in Thermal Physics", Oxford
D Tabor, "Gases, Liquids and Solids", Cambridge University Press, 1991.
AJ Walton, "Three Phases of Matter", Oxford, 1983 
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 
Not entered 
Keywords  PoM 
Contacts
Course organiser  Dr Ross Galloway
Tel:
Email: ross.galloway@ed.ac.uk 
Course secretary  Mr Kieran Brodie
Tel:
Email: v1kbrodi@exseed.ed.ac.uk 

