• Offered by Physics Education Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Physics
  • Areas of interest Physics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Yin-Yin Jennifer Wong Leung
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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This course is designed as an essential core course for all students majoring in Physics. New materials enable new technologies and many practicing physicists in academia and industry work in this fundamental area of physics. This course aims to establish fundamental concepts in condensed matter physics, and applies the physics you have learned previously (in particular quantum mechanics, classical mechanics, electromagnetism and statistical mechanics) to these real-world materials. The structure and properties of solids including thermal and electrical properties are described in lectures, and investigated at first hand in the laboratory component of the course. Laboratories make use of many facilities across ANU, including electron microscopy, accelerator physics and X-ray diffraction.  The electron theory of solids is developed and applied to explain the physical properties of metals, semiconductors, dielectrics and superconductors.

Students will practice solving theoretical problems in condensed matter physics in tutorials and further develop their understanding of the topics by completing the assignments.

The laboratory component includes a range of experiments from which students select those they wish to undertake, including experiments performed on research equipment in the laboratories of various research schools.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Explain the significance and value of condensed matter physics, both scientifically and in the wider community

2. Critically analyse and evaluate experimental strategies, and decide which is most appropriate for answering specific questions

3. Research and communicate scientific knowledge in the context of a topic related to condensed matter physics, in either a technical or non-specialist format

4. Apply key analysis techniques to typical problems encountered in the field

5. Gain and apply discipline-specific knowledge, including self-directed research into the scientific literature.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

Examination (40%; LO 4, 5)

Laboratory work (25%; LO 2, 3, 4)

Assignments (35%; LO 1, 3, 5)

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A total of approximately 36 lectures and tutorials and 18 hours of laboratory work.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed PHYS2020 and PHYS2013.

Assumed Knowledge

It is desirable that students have taken PHYS3101 and PHYS3103, but it is not a course requirement.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7312 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person View

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