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Fundamentals of Physics of Materials

Code: 50862
ECTS: 6.0
Lecturers in charge: prof. dr. sc. Ivan Kokanović
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1. komponenta

Lecture typeTotal
Lectures 30
Seminar 15
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)
COURSE GOALS: The primary aim of the course is the acquisition of the necessary theoretical and experimental knowledge of the physics of materials, which will allow the understanding of the nature of possible states of different materials and the properties that they have in these conditions. Also, the course should be exposed to some simpler models that provide the ability to understand the mechanism and kinetics of different processes in the material if there is a change in external conditions.

1.1. demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of the fundamental laws of classical and modern physics;
1.2. demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of the most important physics theories (logical and mathematical structure, experimental support, described physical phenomena);
1.3. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of basic experimental methods, instruments and methods of experimental data processing in physics;
1.4. list and describe basic concepts and abstract principles of computing machines, information and communication technology;
1.5. describe the purpose and use of common software packages;
1.6. list and describe the methods for manipulating data, basic principles of databases and fundamental algorithms in programming;
1.7. describe the latest developments in digital technology and their possible application in teaching;
1.8. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of new insights into contemporary physics and informatics teaching methods and strategies;
1.9. describe the framework of natural sciences;
1.10. integrate physics and informatics content knowledge with knowledge of pedagogy, psychology, didactics and teaching methods courses;
2.1. identify and describe important aspects of a particular physical phenomenon or problem;
2.2. recognize and follow the logic of arguments, evaluate the adequacy of arguments and construct well supported arguments;
2.3. use mathematical methods to solve standard physics problems;
2.4. prepare and perform classroom physics experiments and interpret the results of observation;
2.5. describe the basic concepts of digital technology;
2.6. apply fundamental algorithms in programming;
2.7. use computing technology to solve scientific and technological problems;
2.8. prepare pupils for lifelong learning in digital environment;
2.9. create a learning environment that encourages active engagement in learning and promotes continuing development of pupils' skills and knowledge;
2.10. plan and design appropriate teaching lessons and learning activities based on curriculum goals and principles of interactive enquiry-based teaching;
2.11. plan and design efficient and appropriate assessment strategies and methods to evaluate and ensure the continuous development of pupils;
3.1. develop a critical scientific attitude towards research in general, and in particular by learning to critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data;
3.2. develop clear and measurable learning outcomes and objectives in teaching based on curriculum goals;
3.3. reflect on and evaluate their own practice of teaching;
3.4. accept responsibilities in planning and managing teaching duties;
3.5. demonstrate professional integrity and ethical behaviour in work with pupils and colleagues;
4.1. communicate effectively with pupils and colleagues;
4.2. present complex ideas clearly and concisely;
4.3. present their own research results at education or scientific meetings;
4.4. use the written and oral English language communication skills that are essential for pursuing a career in physics, informatics and education;
5.1. search for and use professional literature as well as any other sources of relevant information;
5.2. remain informed of new developments and methods in physics, informatics and education;
5.3. develop a personal sense of responsibility for their professional advancement and development.

The proposed program of future teachers provides:
* The presentation of the structure of various materials at the macro, micro, nano-scale and the scale of atomic sizes.
* Introduction to simple methods of synthesis, as well as the introduction of simpler methods for characterization of structure, transport and magnetic properties of materials.
* Scientific description of transport and magnetic properties of materials.
* Monitoring of new research results and concepts in the field of development and application of new materials.

Topics that will be covered and exposed during lectures are the following:
1. Introductory topics in relation to knowledge of the properties of some materials that occur in our environment.
2. Classification of materials according to structural properties and the type of interatomic forces and energy links.
3. Introduce crystalline, partially crystalline and non-crystalline structure of the material.
4. Real and reciprocal lattice and information on the structure of the crystals contained in the diffraction pattern.
5. Defect of crystal structure and microstructure of the material. Steady and metastable phases.
6. Equilibrium and non-equilibrium phase diagrams and methods of their determination.
7. One-, two-, three- and multi-component material systems.
8. Phase transitions (first and second order) and their correlation with the thermodynamic properties.
9. Determination of the structure and properties of materials: non-destructive and destructive methods.
10. Elastic and plastic properties of materials.
11. Electronic (electric and magnetic) properties.
12. Research and development of new materials.
13. The choice of materials for a particular purpose.
14. Understanding the structure and properties of some better-known types of materials: metals, ceramics, polymers and composites.
15. Superconductivity

Students should attend 70% of all lectures and tutorials, pass all mid-term exams.

Final exam is in written and oral forms. Final grade is a combination of grades obtained in mid-term exams, homework and the final exam.
  1. Vladimir Šips: Uvod u fiziku čvrstog stanja, Školska knjiga, Zagreb, 1991.
    L. H. Van Vlack: Elements of Materials Science and Engineering, Addison-
    Wesley, New York, 1990.
    N.W. Ashcroft, N. D. Mermin: Solid State Physics, Saunders College Publishing, London, 1976.
Prerequisit for:
Enrollment :
Passed : Laboratory in Fundamental Physics B
7. semester
Izborni predmet 2 - Regular study - Physics and Computer Science Education
Consultations schedule: