On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
relate crystal structure and degree of ordering to atom binding and packing,
classify condensed matter upon its degree of order, with emphasis on scattering experiments,
explain the thermal properties in solids in particular heat capacity,
classify condensed matter upon its electrical and transport properties, based on its electronic structure,
apply the obtained concepts to challenges in condensed matter physics.
Structure: crystalline and amorphous materials
Binding: condensed matter classified by inter-atomic forces
Scattering: short and long range order
Reciprocal space and the Brillouin zones
Phonons, thermal properties
The free electron Fermi gas
Classification of materials: Metals, semiconductors, insulators
Lectures, exercises, laboratory exercises and seminars. Project work on a current research topic. The course makes use of subject integrated communication training with feedback and self evaluation.
Assignments and laboratory reports (2 credits), oral exam (1 credit) and project presentation and report (2 credits).
If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.