Classical mechanics (28 lectures) Fundamental concepts, energy and angular momentum, calculus of variations and Lagrangian mechanics, conservative central forces and two body problems, scattering, mechanics in rotating reference frames, many body systems. Physical Optics (14 lectures) Maxwell’s equations, wave equation and plane wave solution, coherence, interference, diffraction, polarisation. Physics of Materials (14 lectures) Classification of materials. Atomic bonding. Crystallography. Defects. Material strength. Phase diagram's, Ceramics. Polymers. Composites. Fracture. Electrical and magnetic properties. Semiconductors. Smart materials Nanotechnology. Experiments (14 sessions)
PHY 255 GS and WTW 218 GS and WTW 220# and WTW 248#
1 practical per week, 2 discussion classes per week, 4 lectures per week
Language of tuition
Module is presented in English
Period of presentation
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