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MH1026 Materials Physics 6.0 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus MH1026 (Autumn 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The first part is classical physics as a starting point, while the second part introduces elementary quantum mechanics. A lab is also included where experimental data from surveys and experiments are presented in a technical report.
• Content - Classical Physics
• Electrical conductors
• Optical properties of conductors
• Insulators / dielectrics
• Optical properties of insulators
• Magnetic properties and materials
• Superconductors
• Vibration / elastic waves in materials
• Content - Quantum Mechanics
• Light is particles - electrons are waves Planck + - + Schrödinger quantization
• Free electron model
• Nearly free electron model
• Metals - insulators
• Semiconductors
•Pn-transition-photodiodes, LEDs, etc.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course, the student should be abel to:

  • The physics that can be used to understand how the material works. Most physical properties involves electronic properties and what this leads to in terms of interaction with electricity and electromagnetic waves.

Students are expected to have skills and abilities:

  • To be able to switch between a macroscopic approach - call it engineering or 'mathematical fysik' and a microscopic we analyze individual atoms.
  • To reflect, to derive and model various phenomenas, such as a magnetic compass.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Knowledge equivalent to courses in Calculus, Algebra and Geometry, Mechanics, Ceramics and Materials Science of metallic materials

Recommended prerequisites

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Meddelas i kurs PM, vid kursstart.

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 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written examination, 4.5 credits, grading scale: 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.

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 MH1026

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Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Docent Valter Ström,

Supplementary information

This course is an entry requirement for the election of the master programme in Engineering Materials Science (TMV), Nanotechnology (NTE) and Nuclear Energy Engineering (NEE)