- Code PHYS6032
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Physics
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Physics
- Areas of interest Physics, Science, Engineering
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. 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 and a focus essay and presentation in a topic related to condensed matter physics.
This course is co-taught with undergraduate students but assessed separately.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Appraise the significance and value of condensed matter physics;
- Research and communicate scientific knowledge in the context of a topic related to condensed matter physics, in either a technical or non-specialist format;
- Apply key analysis techniques to typical problems encountered in the field;
- Gain and apply discipline-specific knowledge, including self-directed research into the scientific literature;
- Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills and be able to research and explain scientific concepts.
- Examination (40) [LO 3,4]
- Focus topic essay and presentation (22) [LO 2,4,5]
- Assignments (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Quizzes (8) [LO 1,3,4]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 120 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 3 x 1 hour lectures, and 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week.
- Approximately 70 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
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