Programme/Approved Electives for 2019/20
Available as a Free Standing Elective
Successful completion of FHEQ Level 4 Physics or AstrophysicsORRegistration on FHEQ Level 5 of a degree programme in physics or astrophysics
This module introduces students to lattice vibrations, to the determination of crystalline structure (Solid State Physics), and to techniques for describing the properties of large ensembles of particles using Maxwell-Boltzmann, Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein statistics (Statistical Mechanics), and the applications of these to the thermal, electrical and magnetic properties of solids. Students are introduced to a range of applications of these topics in both Physics and Astrophysics contexts.The module also features a mathematics component.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/phy-20026/lists
This module aims to introduce the students to statistical mechanics and to solid-state physics and to give them the skills to solve the more straight forward problems and applications in these areas. It also contains an element of laboratory work aimed at enhancing experimental and team-working skills.
Intended Learning Outcomes
describe and explain the importance of lattice vibrations in determining the properties of solids; will be achieved by assessments: 1,2,3outline the importance of crystal structure, and how to determine it; will be achieved by assessments: 1,2,3explain the classical and quantum models for free electrons in solids; will be achieved by assessments: 1,2,3explain the origin of energy bands in solids; will be achieved by assessments: 1,2,3explain the origin of the magnetic properties of solids; will be achieved by assessments: 1,2,3describe the statistical treatment of large ensembles of particles; will be achieved by assessments: 1,2,3apply the Maxwell-Boltzmann, Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein distributions to the properties of solids; will be achieved by assessments: 1,2,3use appropriate mathematical techniques to solve physical problems. will be achieved by assessments: 2,3,4
30 hours of lectures on Solid State Physics, Statistical Mechanics and Mathematics14 hours problem classes on above topics10 hours on solving problem sheets2 hour unseen examination on Solid State Physics and Statistical Mechanics1 hour unseen class test on Mathematics93 hours examination revision/preparation and private study
1: Unseen Exam weighted 60%
Description of Module Assessment
2 hour unseen examinationSection A: 10 short questions. Students to attempt all questions = contributes 40% of the exam paper; Section B: A choice of 2 questions out of 4 = contributes 60% of the exam paper.2: Tutorial weighted 10%
Engagement with, and completion of, the assigned problems in problem classesProblem classes covering Statistical Mechanics, Solid State Physics and Mathematics.3: Exercise weighted 10%
Four problem sheets4 problem sheets with questions on Statistical Mechanics and Solid State Physics.4: Class Test weighted 20%
1-hour class test on Mathematics1-hour class test on Mathematical material.