AP225 Introduction to Soft Matter.
Catalog Number: 5298
Ian D. Morrison
Half course (fall term). M., W., 2:30–4. EXAM GROUP: 7, 8
Maxwell Dworkin G135
Introduction to soft condensed matter, or “complex fluids,” including polymers, surfactants, emulsions, foams, and biological structures. Emphasis is on physical principles that govern bulk behavior. Students will understand the concepts, experimental techniques, and open questions. Prerequisite: Knowledge of thermodynamics and basic statistical mechanics and some familiarity with phase diagrams and differential equations.
- Week 1 General Introduction
- Week 2 Surface Forces
- Weeks 3-4 Capillarity and wetting
- Weeks 5-6 Polymers and polymer solutions
- Week 7 Surfactants
Special Interest Topics
- Textbooks for the course are:
- Soft condensed matter by R.A.L. Jones; Oxford University Press: New York; 2002
- Structured fluids: Polymers, colloids, surfactants by T. A. Witten (with P. A. Pincus); Oxford University Press: New York; 2004
- Also recommended are:
- Soft and fragile matter by M.E. Cates and M.R. Evans, Eds.
- Capillarity and wetting phenomena by P.-G. de Gennes, F. Brochard-Wyatt and D. Quéré.
- Theory of stability of colloids and thin films by B.V. Derjaguin.
- Rheology for chemists by J.W. Goodwin and R.W. Hughes
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