10 Credits AUTUMN

Pre-requisites: An A level in Physics or equivalent.

GEE105, GEE206

GEE105 & GEE206

Aims/Description: This unit is concerned with the physical properties of materials, other than mechanical, and their functions. The application of wave mechanics, the effects of structural anisotropy, and the response of systems to AC electric fields are all used in the analysis of thermal, electrical, electronic, magnetic and optical properties of materials. Particular materials applications based on these properties are discussed including electronic materials and pn junctions, magnetic materials and data storage media, dielectric materials including capacitors, piezo- and pyro-electrics, and optical materials for imaging.

Restrictions on availability: Only available to students studying GEEU01 and GEEU02

Staff Contact: FREEMAN COLIN L
Teaching Methods: The basic content will be taught using a standard lecture format, supplemented by handout notes. [A1-A2, LO1-LO3] Students will be expected to consolidate and extend their understanding of the material taught by working through problems sheets during tutorials and in their own time. [A1-A2, LO1-LO3] Students will be expected to consolidate and extend their understanding of the material taught by additional reading of standard texts available in the Information Commons. [A1-A2, LO1-LO3]
Assessment: Formal Exam

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