Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course, the student has understanding on the atomic and solid state structure and can solve basic problems.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 23.10.2023 - 05.12.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Erkki Thuneberg

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Schrödinger equation applied to hydrogen atom: energy levels, angular momentum, electron spin

    Many-electron systems, justification for the periodic table of elements

    Atomic bonding,  molecules

    Crystal structure of solids, including x-ray scattering

    Lattice vibrations in solids, classical and quantum models and heat capacity.

    Electronic structure of solids, free electron model, electrons in periodic potential, energy bands: metals, insulators and semiconductors

    Metals: semiclassical electron motion, electrical conduction, superconductivity


Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching methods: preliminary exercises, lectures, exercises, small group work, and exam or take-home exam.

    Assessment methods: preliminary exercises, exercises, small group work, and exam or take-home exam as a part of the course.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    48 h contact teaching

    70 h self-study


Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 No teaching
    2023-2024 Autumn II

    Enrollment :

    Registration for Courses: Registration for courses will take place on Sisu (