MENA2000 – Fundamental structure of solid materials

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

The course introduces periodic structures in crystals, motivating for the crystal classification and explaining chemical bonds in terms of the molecular orbital theory; moreover, this course explains how the periodicity determines thermal and electronic properties of crystals in terms of the collective lattice vibrations and electronic band structures.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, you should be able to:

  • describe the periodic structure of crystals with basic crystallography, while having a mathematical understanding of the relationship between symmetry operations, point and space groups, and be able to draw crystal structures from Bravais lattices or tables for crystallography.
  • have insights into how waves propagate in crystals and understand why this is central while explaining thermal and electrical phenomena in crystals.
  • describe the state density of phonons and free electrons in crystals.
  • have insight into how the group theory can be used to describe the molecular orbital theory, and understand how this can describe bond hybridization and give rise to electronic bands in periodic structures.
  • explain how the electronic band structure occurs, distinguish between metals and insulators as well as explaining the meaning of the election effective mass, holes, and Fermi level.
  • use suitable digital tools to construct and visualize different crystal structures, describe phonon and electron dispersions.

Admission to the course

Students at UiO register for courses and exams in Studentweb.

Special admission requirements

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2

And in addition one of these:

  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).

Overlapping courses


The first lecture is mandatory. If you are unable to attend, the Department has to be informed in advance (e-mail, or else you will lose your place in the course.

  • 4 hours of lectures every week
  • 4 hours of workshops

There are three mandatory assignments.


To take the final exam the three mandatory assignments have to be approved.

Examination support material

Approved calculators

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Dec. 1, 2020 5:12:55 AM

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