Methods for Physics and Materials

University College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Methods for Physics and Materials

  • Host University

    University College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2.5 - 3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    3.75 - 4.5
  • Overview

    Thermal Physics is concerned with the study of the properties of systems containing a large number of particles.
    Materials physics is concerned with describing the mechanical properties of bulk objects. This module will
    introduce the student to the basic concepts of thermodynamics and apply them to the study of a number of
    relevant physical systems from both a macroscopic and microscopic point of view. In doing so, the connection
    between the bulk properties of matter and the mechanics of atoms and molecules will be derived. In the
    first part of the course, emphasis will be given to the concepts of temperature and thermal equilibrium, the
    first law of thermodynamics, entropy and the second law of thermodynamics, and the kinetic theory of gases.
    In the second part, the material properties of solids will be investigated. This includes concepts such as
    interatomic forces and bonding, elasticity and the stress and strain of materials.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.