Fundamentals in Materials Science, 6 credits (TFYA77)

Grunder i materialvetenskap, 6 hp

Main field of study

Applied Physics Physics

Level

Second cycle

Course type

Programme course

Examiner

Wei-Xin Ni

Director of studies or equivalent

Magnus Johansson

Available for exchange students

Yes
Course offered for Semester Period Timetable module Language Campus VOF
6MFYS Physics and Nanoscience, Master's Programme 1 (Autumn 2017) 1 2 English Linköping v
6MMSN Materials Science and Nanotechnology, Master's Programme 1 (Autumn 2017) 1 2 English Linköping o
6CYYI Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering - International, M Sc in Engineering 7 (Autumn 2017) 1 2 English Linköping v
6CYYI Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering - International, M Sc in Engineering 7 (Autumn 2017) 1 2 English Linköping v
6CYYI Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering - International, M Sc in Engineering 7 (Autumn 2017) 1 2 English Linköping v
6CYYI Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering - International, M Sc in Engineering 7 (Autumn 2017) 1 2 English Linköping v
6CYYI Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering - International, M Sc in Engineering 7 (Autumn 2017) 1 2 English Linköping v
6CYYY Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering, M Sc in Engineering 7 (Autumn 2017) 1 2 English Linköping v
6CMMM Mechanical Engineering, M Sc in Engineering (Engineering materials) 7 (Autumn 2017) 1 2 Swedish Linköping v

Main field of study

Applied Physics, Physics

Course level

Second cycle

Advancement level

A1X

Course offered for

  • Physics and Nanoscience, Master's Programme
  • Materials Science and Nanotechnology, Master's Programme
  • Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering - International, M Sc in Engineering
  • Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering, M Sc in Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering, M Sc in Engineering

Entry requirements

Note: Admission requirements for non-programme students usually also include admission requirements for the programme and threshold requirements for progression within the programme, or corresponding.

Prerequisites

Calculus in one and several variables, linear algebra, and mechanics.

Intended learning outcomes

Materials science is a fusion of multidisciplinary knowledge since 1980s, and covers a wide range of scientific and engineering aspects. The primary goal of this introductory course is to provide students a physics and chemistry foundation of the quantum theory, thermodynamics and kinetics, in order to facilitate further studies and understand the inter-relationship among preparation techniques, structures, and properties of various materials, in particular crystalline solids and semiconductors in bulk, thin film, and nano-scale form. Following the course, the students are expected to:

  • get insight of matters from individual atom, interatomic bonding, to crystalline periodic structure, with a quantum mechanic description.
  • understand how the structure dictates the property of various materials at both microscopic and macroscopic levels.
  • to explain mass action and phase transformation processes of solid materials based on both thermodynamic and kinetic considerations.
  • learn physics and chemistry behind some commonly used methods for materials synthesis and growth, and how the preparation technique affects the structures and properties of the material.
  • be able to design a process to prepare (synthesize or grow) the desired material, and calculate the synthesis (growth) rate using kinetic equations of the corresponding chemical reaction.

Course content

Quantum theory and atomic structures: Light, particles and waves, the Bohr atom, the Schrödinger equation and basic quantum mechanics, electronic configurations of an atom …
Chemical bonding and molecular structures: Molecules, properties of bonded atoms, models of chemical bonding, molecular-orbitals and -geometry …
Solid-state chemistry: Properties of bonded atoms, states of matter, phase diagram, crystalline solids and structural symmetry, fundamental properties of various matter …
Thermodynamics and kinetics in materials science: Chemical energies and the 1st law of thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium and the 2nd law of thermodynamics, chemical kinetics and reaction mechanisms …

Teaching and working methods

Lectures, problem solving classes, and laboratory experiments in small groups.

Examination

TEN1Optional written examination for higher gradeU, 3, 4, 50 credits
UPG1Hand-in assignmentsU, G5 credits
LAB1Laboratory workU, G1 credits
Homework assignment (6 sets) for grade 3 (if more than 70% approved). Optional written examination for higher grades.

Grades

Four-grade scale, LiU, U, 3, 4, 5

Department

Institutionen för fysik, kemi och biologi

Director of Studies or equivalent

Magnus Johansson

Examiner

Wei-Xin Ni

Education components

Preliminary scheduled hours: 0 h
Recommended self-study hours: 160 h

Course literature

Additional literature

Books
W. D. Callister & D. G. Rethwisch, (2010) Materials Science and Engineering: An Introduction
ISBN: 0470419970

John Wiley & Son Inc

Additional literature

Books

W. D. Callister & D. G. Rethwisch, (2010) Materials Science and Engineering: An Introduction

ISBN: 0470419970

John Wiley & Son Inc

TEN1 Optional written examination for higher grade U, 3, 4, 5 0 credits
UPG1 Hand-in assignments U, G 5 credits
LAB1 Laboratory work U, G 1 credits
Homework assignment (6 sets) for grade 3 (if more than 70% approved). Optional written examination for higher grades.

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