Credits: 5

Schedule: 08.09.2015 - 15.10.2015

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Prof. Jari Koskinen

Other teachers: Uni. Teacher Kirsi Yliniemi

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

After the course, the student can
1. Explain electrical, thermal, dielectric and magnetic properties from classical or quantum world viewpoint
2. Calculate the main parameters of the abovementioned properties for different materials
3. Describe the working principles of smart materials in sensors and actuators
4. Ask critical questions about peers' work and give constructive peer-feedback (opponenting)


Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course gives a physico-chemical overview of thermal, electric, dielectric and magnetic properties of solid state materials. Additionally, different types of smart materials (shape-memory alloys, magnetostrictive & piezoelectric materials, electroactive polymers) are discussed, especially in the view of sensor and actuator applications. The course has also a compulsory Term Paper (group) project.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Active involvement in weekly exercise sessions and lectures, Term Paper and exam all contribute towards the grade.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

22 h (5 x 4 h + 1 x 2h): Lectures
4 h (2 x 2 h): Term Paper Presentations & Opponenting
15 h (5 x 3 h): Exercises
40 h: Independent study time
35 h: Term Paper (group project)
15 h + 4 h: Exam preparation + Exam

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Primary course book: R.J.D. Tilley, Understanding Solids - The Science of Materials (Wiley, 2nd edition, 2013).

Handouts, scientific papers

Also, some lectures may follow / go deeper into a topic using other solid-state physics books (such as J. Patterson, B. Bailey: Solid-State Physics - Introduction to the Theory, 2nd Ed., 2010 or R. J. Nauman: Introduction to Physics and Chemistry of Materials or S. Elliott: The Physics and Chemistry of Solids).

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

MT-0.2101 Materiaalien fysiikka (5 op)

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

BSc with at least 10 cr of physics. Students with B.Sc. from Aalto, the credits should include: PHYS-A2140 Aineen rakenne (CHEM), 5 cr.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Fail, 1 – 5

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