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PHYS 481. Condensed Matter Physics. 3 Credits.

Introduction to the physics of soft condensed matter, composed of polymers, colloids, amphiphiles, and liquid crystals, and of hard condensed matter, including metals, semiconductors, and superconductors, emphasizing phase transitions and materials properties (electrical, magnetic, optical, elastic). Co-req: PHYS 486. {Also offered for graduate credit - see PHYS 681.}.