Atomic arrangements in solids
Core Materials Science course given during autumn quarter.
Atomic arrangements in perfect and imperfect solids, especially important metals, ceramics, and semiconductors. Elements of formal crystallography, including development of point groups and space groups.
Atom-based computational methods for materials
Elective Materials Science course given during winter quarter.
Introduction to atom-based computational methods for materials with emphasis on quantum methods. Topics include density functional theory, tight-binding and empirical approaches. Computation of optical, electronic, phonon properties. Bulk materials, interfaces, nanostructures. Molecular dynamics. Prerequisites - undergraduate quantum mechanics.
Nanoscale Materials Physics Computation Laboratory
MATSCI 165 (175)
Undergraduate-level course given during spring quarter.
Computational exploration of fundamental topics in materials science using Java-based computation and visualization tools. Emphasis is on the atomic-scale origins of macroscopic materials phenomena. Simulation methods include molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo with applications in thermodynamics, kinetics, and topics in statistical mechanics. Prerequisites - Freshman-level physics, undergraduate thermodynamics.