University of Colorado Boulder
Phases of Matter: Solid, Liquid, Gas and Beyond
University of Colorado Boulder

Phases of Matter: Solid, Liquid, Gas and Beyond

Rahul Nandkishore

Instructor: Rahul Nandkishore

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13 hours (approximately)
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What you'll learn

  • Define what constitutes a phase of matter.

  • Interpret phases in terms of symmetries, and describe spontaneous symmetry breaking.

  • Identify the competition between energy and entropy, and explain how this produces phase transitions.

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13 quizzes, 1 assignment

Course

Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Beginner level

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13 hours (approximately)
Flexible schedule
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There are 4 modules in this course

This module introduces the notion of emergent phenomena, and a central application of this notion: phases of matter. We define what constitutes a phase of matter, and explain that there are many phases beyond the familiar trio of solid, liquid, and gas.

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8 videos1 reading4 quizzes2 peer reviews4 discussion prompts

This module introduces the notion of symmetries, which provide a powerful tool for thinking about phases of matter. It also introduces the notion of spontaneous symmetry breaking.

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8 videos4 quizzes1 peer review4 discussion prompts

This module introduces the concepts of energy, entropy and explains how the competition between them can drive phase transitions.

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7 videos3 quizzes1 peer review2 discussion prompts

In this module, you will learn a powerful tool for analyzing phases that are classified by symmetries, known as mean field theory. You will learn to apply this tool.

What's included

9 videos2 quizzes1 assignment1 peer review3 discussion prompts

Instructor

Rahul Nandkishore
University of Colorado Boulder
3 Courses554 learners

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