This course provides a broad foundation in mechanics and thermal physics for students who study science, engineering or related programmes.
Atomistic View of Matter
The course presents the physics that govern molecules and solids at the atomic scale and relate these processes to the macroscopic world. Upon completion of the subject, students will be able to:
- design, perform and analyze computer experiments using electronic and atomistic simulation techniques appropriate for the problem at hand;
- extract materials properties from the simulations;
- recognize the approximations and estimate the level of accuracy to be expected from each modeling technique, and
- critically read the current scientific literature on computational modeling and simulation of materials.
The course initially developed with Ale Strachan at Purdue is available online on nanohub.