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PHY2024 : Principles of Materials and Solid-State Physics

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Pablo Docampo
  • Owning School: Mathematics, Statistics and Physics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To enhance the students' knowledge of materials and to strengthen their understanding of important material types (e.g. metals, semiconductors etc)

Outline Of Syllabus

What holds matter together?
Ionic and covalent bonding; Metallic bonding; Van der Walls and Hydrogen bonding.

Crystal structure:
Lattice vectors; Unit cell; Bravais Lattices; Reciprocal lattice.

Wave scattering by crystals:
Bragg; Plane spacing; X-Ray diffraction;

Charge transport in materials:
Ion diffusion via lattice defects; Electrons in metals: Drude and Sommerfeld theory.

Lattice vibrations:
1D monoatomic chains; 1D diatomic chains; phonons; phonon modes.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00Writing up lecture notes; general reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture61:006:00Tutorial sessions to cover solutions to practical problems
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Final Exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion300:3015:00Revision for final exams
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Completion of problem solving exercises
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery120:102:00Office hours
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study136:3036:30Reviewing lecture notes, reviewing recap, general reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide core material and guidance for further reading, problem solving practice is provided through tutorials. Office hours provide an opportunity for more direct contact between individual students and the lecturer: a typical student might spend a total of one or two hours over the course of the module, either individually or as part of a group.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A80N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M205 problem sheets, equally weighted to 4% each.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination and problem solving exercises provide the opportunity for the student to demonstrate their understanding of the lecture course material.

Reading Lists