This course provides a basic knowledge of physics and is obligatory for all students who do not have a physics bachelor, to ensure that they will be able to follow the other courses of the Master of Nanoscale Engineering.

- Vibrations and wave-propagation phenomena
- Propagation phenomena (stationary and propagating waves)
- Normal modes of vibration
- Interference and diffraction of waves
- Phonons

- Elements of crystallography
- Crystal lattices (in two and three dimensions, lattice planes, Bravais lattices, examples)
- Reciprocal lattices
- X-Ray diffraction
- Bragg's law

- Introduction to electrical properties of matter
- Electric and magnetic fields, forces and dipoles in vacuum, Gauss theorem
- Modifications in the presence of matter (metal, insulator), Drude model

- Concepts of statistical thermodynamics
- Statistical ensembles
- Distribution laws (Fermi-Dirac, Bose-Einstein, Maxwell-Boltzmann)
- Statistical entropy

- Classical thermodynamics
- The ideal gas and kinetic gas theory
- Thermodynamic parameters
- Laws of Thermodynamics

- Introduction to quantum physics
- Wave-particle duality
- The wave function
- The Schrödinger equation
- Application to a step potential
- The potential well

- Energy levels in matter
- The Energy levels of the atom
- Electronic configurations
- Energy bands in solids
- Photon-electron interaction
- The photoelectric effect

- Wave-particle duality

- problem-based learning
- written exam

- lectures: 16 hours
- tutorials: 14 hours
- ECTS: 0 (remedial course)