2016 Fundamental Science of Thermodynamics and Magnetics

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Electronic Chemistry
Kawaji Hitoshi  Matsushita Nobuhiro 
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Course description and aims

This course deals with the thermodynamics and magnetics of materials. In the first half, the temperature variation of the properties of materials will be discussed from the thermodynamic point of view. In the latter, the course deals the electronic state in crystal fields and the spin interaction to understand the magnetism of various materials.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Discuss the details of thermal properties of materials.
2) Explain the mechanism of the magnetic ordering in the materials.


thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, physical properties of solid, magnetism

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Each class discusses a different topic. The class will be lecture based, giving a presentation and students taking notes.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction to thermodynamics Explain the fundamental of thermodynamics.
Class 2 Lows of thermodynamics Explain the three laws of thermodynamics.
Class 3 Entropy and statistical mechanics Explain the fundamental of statistical thermodynamics.
Class 4 Thermal excitations in materials Explain the phonon and the other thermal excitation in solids.
Class 5 Heat capacity of materials Explain the Debye theory of heat capacity.
Class 6 Thermodynamics of phase transitions Explain the various kinds of the phase transitions in solids.
Class 7 Microscopic models of phase transitions Explain the mechanism of the phase transitions in solids.
Class 8 Introduction to magnetics Explain the fundamental of quantum mechanics.
Class 9 Angular momentum and quantum number Explain the wave functions of electrons in materials.
Class 10 Crystal field and electron Explain the crystal filed spitting of energy levels.
Class 11 Molecular orbital and exchange interaction Explain the quantum mechanics of molecular bonds.
Class 12 Molecular field theory I: para - and ferromagnetism Explain the fundamental of magnetic phase transitions.
Class 13 Molecular field theory II: antiferro- and ferrimagnetism Explain the magnetic ordering states of solids.
Class 14 Various kinds of magnetic phase transitions Explain the variety of ordering states in solids.


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

None required.

Assessment criteria and methods

Learning achievement is evaluated by a final exam.

Related courses

  • None

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites.

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

Hitoshi Kawaji (kawaji[at]msl.titech.ac.jp・5313)

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Contact by e-mail in advance.

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