PHYS331 / CHEM305
Modern Materials

Optical and electronic materials, ranging from solar cells to superconductors, are central to our modern lives and will be crucial in solving the technological challenges of our future. For students interested in engineering applications of fundamental physics phenomena, this interdisciplinary course will introduce the science behind the development of modern materials and devices. Through hands-on projects, students will explore the development of optical and electronic materials from their atomic origins, to their implementation in semiconductor devices, and finally their long term environmental impact. This course connects topics often covered in separate physics, chemistry, and engineering courses. Previous experience with concepts from introductory physics is strongly recommended.

Units: 1.25

Max Enrollment: 15

Crosslisted Courses:

Prerequisites: PHYS 108 and either PHYS 210 or CHEM 361, or permission of the instructor.

Instructor: Belisle

Distribution Requirements: MM - Mathematical Modeling and Problem Solving; NPS - Natural and Physical Sciences

Typical Periods Offered: Every other year; Fall

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Not Offered