MENA2000 – Fundamental structure of solid materials
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.
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.
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).
Recommended previous knowledge
- MENA1001 – Materials, Energy and Nanotechnology or KJM1101 – Generell kjemi
- FYS1120 – Electromagnetism
- MAT1100 – Calculus
- MAT1120 – Linear Algebra
- KJM1121 – Inorganic Chemistry I
- 5 credits overlap with MENA3000 – Functional materials (discontinued).
- 3 credits overlap with FYS3410 – Condensed matter physics (continued).
The first lecture is mandatory. If you are unable to attend, the Department has to be informed in advance (e-mail email@example.com), 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.
- A final digital exam weighted 100% of the grade
Examination support material
Language of examination
You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
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: