Introduction to the physics, theory of operation, and data analysis approaches of experimental materials physics characterization techniques.
Students must have enrolleded in PHYS 5P79 or obtain the instructor's permission.
What does student need to bring into the course?
A foundational understanding of physics pinciples will be advantagous. Students should review basic concepts related to materials properties, including magnetic properties, electric properties, thermal properties, and surface and composition characteristic. While the course covers the fundamental theoretical concepts underlying the measurement of material properties, a comprehensive exposition of which will be provided in PHYS 5P79. However, it is imperative to emphasize the significance of attaining a profound comprehension of these concepts. As a result, students are strongly advised to acquaint themselves with the course syllabus. This facilitates an understanding of the subject matter's focal points, designated tasks, and anticipated outcomes. This proactive approach will allow students to synchronize their preparatory efforts effectively.
The primary goal of the course PHYS 5P83 is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental principles underlying experimental techniques used to characterize the physical and structural properties of materials. This includes:
Physics Fundamentals: The course aims to establish a solid foundation in the physics principles that govern material behavior, enabling students to comprehend how materials respond to various measurement techniques.
Theory of Operation: Students will gain insight into the operational principles of different characterization and measurement techniques. Understanding how these techniques work is crucial for accurate data acquisition and interpretation.
Material Properties: By the end of the course, students should be able to correlate the observed experimental results with specific material properties, such as magnetic, electric, thermal, morphological, and compositional attributes.
Critical Thinking: Students are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills that enable them to establish meaningful connections between experimental observations and the theoretical framework capable of providing explainations for those observations.
Ultimately, the course aims to empower students with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively employ experimental materials physics characterization techniques, thereby preparing them for further studies in materials science, research, or related fields.
Considering the diverse range of topics that will be addressed within this course, the following references are provided:
"The Basics of Crystallography and Diffraction", by Christopher Hammond, Fourth Edition, Oxford Science Publications
"Introduction to Solid State Physics", by Charles Kittel, Eighth Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc
"Physics of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials", by K. H. J. Buschow, and F. R. De Boer, Kluwer Academic Publishers
"Magnetism and Magnetic Materials", by J. M. D. Coey, Cambridge University Press
Communication with the Instructor
your instructor operates with an open-door policy, allowing you to seek one-on-one assisstance and ask questions at any time, except during restricted hours.
All students must be familiar with and adhere to the rules outlined in Brock University's Academic Integrity Policy. Additionally, all graduate students must engage in their studies with the utmost integrity in accordance with Brock's integrity policy.
Students bear the responsibility for their own learning. While the course is structured to provide guidance and support, the actual endeavor of mastering the course content rests with student themselves. To optimize their learning experience, it is essential to allocate time for studying and revisiting previous knowledge. Mintaining a consistent practice of reading and studying aids in cementing the acquired knowledge into their memory over the long term. This garantees the foundation for students to further develop their knowledge and skills in their future professional endeavors.
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