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This Physics of Emergence - Introduction to Condensed Matter, Specialization course offered by Coursera in partnership with University of Colorado Boulder introduces the extensive wisdom physicists have developed regarding how to understand the emergence of complex behaviors in interacting systems with many constituent parts.

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Overview

The Physics of Emergence - Introduction to Condensed Matter , Specialization course offered by Coursera in partnership with University of Colorado Boulder key facts:

We know the fundamental equations governing the motion of every atom in our brain and every electron in our computers - the motion of each and every atomic and subatomic particle on planet Earth can, in principle, be calculated from well understood physical laws. And yet, the natural world (and the behavior of humans and computers alike) continues to surprise us. This is because when large numbers of objects interact together, they can exhibit qualitatively new emergent phenomena, which are not obviously contained in the equations governing the motion of a single atom or electron. Condensed matter physics is the study of such emergent phenomena.

Condensed matter physics is the largest subdiscipline of modern physics. It has generated a wealth of deep concepts that govern our fundamental understanding of the modern world, and which also underpin much of our modern technological society. 

The Physics of Emergence: Introduction to Condensed Matter course offered by Coursera in partnership with University of Colorado Boulder provides an introduction to the key concepts underpinning modern condensed matter. These concepts apply widely, and enable a powerful and widely applicable understanding of emergent phenomena in complex systems.

This specialization is aimed at individuals who are curious about what condensed matter physics is all about, and at individuals seeking ways of understanding the complex emergent phenomena using simple but powerful conceptual tools. Extensive prior knowledge of physics is not required. 

Applied Learning Project

Students will practice applying key concepts from condensed matter physics to understanding paradigmatic phenomena in the natural world, such as magnetism and superconductivity. They will also explore applications of these concepts to other collective phenomena in the world around us, across a range of settings not limited to physics.

What You Will Learn:

  • Define a phase of matter.
  • Apply ideas from condensed matter physics to understand complex phenomena in the natural world.
  • Identify phases of matter using notions of symmetry, topology and renormalization.
  • Explain key open frontiers for condensed matter physics.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Phases of Matter: Solid, Liquid, Gas and Beyond
  • Universal Theories
  • Modern Topics in Condensed Matter Physics

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Duration

  • Part-time
    • 3 months
    • Flexible

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Language

English

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Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

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General requirements

Beginner level

Recommended experience:

  • Required: Familiarity with Newtonian mechanics and basic algebra.
  • Helpful: Linear algebra, basic calculus, and basic quantum mechanics.

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Coursera provides financial aid to learners who cannot afford the fee. Apply for it by clicking on the Financial Aid link beneath the "Enroll" button on the left. You'll be prompted to complete an application and will be notified if you are approved. You'll need to complete this step for each course in the Specialization, including the Capstone Project.

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