Materials and Thermal Physics
Queensland University of Technology
Area of Study
Taught In English
PVB200 or MXB105 or PVB202
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
This unit provides you with an overview of materials science and of the basic crystallographic and thermodynamic principles that describe the behaviour of solids and fluids. The three areas you will study in this unit, thermal physics, physical properties and the physics of solids are core concepts that underpin a physical science degree. This unit builds upon knowledge and skills obtained in PVB102 and PVB203 and it is a companion unit with PVB302 (Classical and Quantum Physics).
To successfully complete this unit you will demonstrate:
1. Qualitative and quantitative knowledge of the quantum theory of solids, microscopic and macroscopic thermodynamics, and modelling of physical properties and structure.
2. Critical reasoning, problem solving and written communication of complex physical concepts
3. Creative use of appropriate software to visualise and describe complex physical processes
4. Effective participation in group work to simulate and visualize advanced physical concepts.
This unit covers three main topics which are thermal physics, properties of materials and the physics of solids.
Thermal physics will cover topics which include
Equipartition principle, heat capacity and quantisation of energy
Thermodynamic laws - enthalpy and entropy
Thermodynamic cycles - heat to mechanical energy
Phase diagrams and phase transformation
Introduction to statistical mechanics
Physics of solids will include:
Model of free electron gas in a potential well
Fermi-Dirac distribution function, density of states function
Fermi energy and Fermi surface
Lattice structures and reciprocal lattice
Lattice vibrations - acoustic and optical phonons
Properties of materials will cover:
The band gap and electrical conductivity - metals, semiconductors and insulators
Specific heats of metals and dielectrics
Thermal conductivity and thermal expansion of solids
Optical (visible and infrared light), electron and X-ray interaction with matter
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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.