Física da Matéria Condensada - F+EF

Ano letivo: 2011-2012
Specification sheet

Specific details
course codecycle os studiesacademic semestercredits ECTSteaching language

Learning goals

Competences of Central Importance:

Theoretical understanding of physical phenomena.

Ability to solve problems.

Thorough General culture in Physics.


Competences of secondary importance:

Ability to learn.

Experimental and laboratorial abilities.

Ability to search and use bibliography.


1. Cristal structure of solids.

2. X-Ray, neutrons and electrons diffraction.

3. Imperfections (defects) in solids.

4. Dynamics of crystalline networks.

5. Thermic properties of solids.

6. Electrons in solids.

7. Introduction to the study of semiconductors.

8. Notions of magnetism in solids.


Mathematical Analysis I and II.
General Physics I and II.
Fundamentals of Modern Physics.
Quantum Mechanics.

Generic skills to reach
. Competence in analysis and synthesis;
. Competence in oral and written communication;
. Competence to solve problems;
. Critical thinking;
. Competence in autonomous learning;
. Computer Skills for the scope of the study;
. Competence for working in group;
. Competence to communicate with people who are not experts in the field;
. Competence in applying theoretical knowledge in practice;
(by decreasing order of importance)
Teaching hours per semester
laboratory classes45
total of teaching hours90

Laboratory or field work20 %
Mini tests15 %
Exam65 %
assessment implementation in 20112012
Mini-tests : 15.0%
Laboratorial assignment or field work : 20.0%
Exam: 65.0%

Bibliography of reference

Esquemas dos apontamentos em Powerpoint – Lourdes C. R. Andrade

Apontamentos da disciplina - M. Margarida R. R. Costa e Lourdes C. R. Andrade

OMAR, M. A. (1975). Elementary Solid State Physics. Addison Wesley Publishing Company.

Kittel, Charles. (1971). Introduction to Solid State Physics.

Ashcroft, N. W. & Mermin, N. D. (1986). Solid State Physics

Teaching method

In theoretical classes, topics of the syllabus will be approached and participation of students will be frequently encouraged in order to develop their critical thinking and their ability to understand and relate issues. Students will be asked to solve problems that will be proposed in theoretical-practical classes and their doubts will be clarified by means of the dialogue among them and between them and the teacher. The laboratorial assignments will be presented, briefly but in a complete way, by groups of students who are going to carry them out in a laboratory.

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