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Level: Basic

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus IF1602 (Autumn 2008–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course gives an introduction to quantum physics and quantum mechanics applied to atoms and solid materials, with focus on issues within materials physics that an engineer may encounter.

The course describes:

quantum physics and the particle-wave duality principle, the Schröding equation and its solution for a few selected potentials.

The construction of the atom and the periodic table. The quantum numbers of the electron and the electron spin.

Molecules and chemical bond. Rotations and vibrations.

Nuclear physics, models for the atomic nucleus, decay, nuclear reactions, fission, fusion and nuclear power.

Materials physics: crystal lattice, X-ray diffrcation, lattice vibrations, the free electron model and the electric and thermal properties of metals. Energy bands, optical and electrical properties of semiconductors, electronic devices.

Intended learning outcomes

The main goal of the course is to give an introduction to the microscopic physics that govern the behaviour of electrons, atoms, nuclei and how this relates to macroscopic properties of solid materials.

After the course the student should be able to:

- judge when a classic description is sufficient to solve a problem and when a quantum mechanical description is necessary.

- describe the construction of the atom and the periodic table and what the quantum numbers represent.

- describe and give example of chemical bonds and what effect it has on the electrical, optical and mechanical properties of a solid material.

- describe how and why a nuclear power plant functions

- describe the atomic lattices, their dynamic properties and how structure and lattice parameter are determined by X-ray diffraction

- describe the free electron model, and from this one estimate the thermal and electrical properties of metals.

- describe the influence of a periodic potential on the electrons in a solid material

- determine electrical and optical properties from a band diagram

- describe and calculate electrical properties of some electronic components.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Physics 1 (IF1601)
Mathematics (5B1103)

Recommended prerequisites

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Physics for scientists and engineers with modern physics, R.A.Serway, R.J.Beichner, 6th Ed, Harcourt College Publishers, ISBN: 0534408559

Solid State Physics, J.R. Hook & H.E. Hall, 2nd Ed, John Wiley & Sons, ISBN: 0-471-92805-4

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4,5 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Laborations, 1.5 hp (LAB1)
Written exam, 4.5 hp (TEN1)
Grading: A/B/C/D/E/Fx/F

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web IF1602

Offered by

SCI/Applied Physics

Main field of study

Physics, Technology

Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

The course is replaced by SK1107 as from autumn term 2017.