## Admission Requirements

No special requirements for those admitted to the MSc programme Research in Physics

## Description

The aim of this course is to introduce a number of basic theoretical tools for understanding soft and biomatter.

Topics covered:

Basics of fluid mechanics and of elasticity theory

The Reynolds number; small Reynolds number hydrodynamics in biomatter

Brownian motion of particles in a fluid

Use of the fluctuation-dissipation theorem to measure stiffness-constants in biomatter

Introduction to Colloids

Elements of polymers: random walks; ideal chains and force extension of ideal chains

Elements of liquid crystals

Frank elastic energy of liquid crystals

## Course objectives

The course main objective is to provide the students with a solid core-knowledge on the mechanics of soft and biomaterials, such that, after the course, the students will have enough background to independently learn about these topics from the specialized literature.

## Timetable

## Mode of instruction

Lecture and tutorials (exercise classes)

## Assessment method

The assessment is based on three parts:

1. Written examination, with questions modeled after the exercises from the tutorials. There is a possibility to retake the exam. (A date for the retake will be decided in consultation.) (50%)

2. Participation and performance in the exercise class (25%)

3. Presentation about a relevant research paper (25%)

## Blackboard

Course material is on Blackboard.

To have access to Blackboard you need a ULCN-account.Blackboard UL

## Reading list

We will provide a additional course material in a syllabus.

Primary text book: Soft Matter Physics – an Introduction by M. Kleman and O. D. Lavrentovich (Springer 2003).

This book contains many more topics than can be covered in the course, and will therefore also be a useful reference guide during your later studies. We will clearly indicate during the course which parts of the book are used and examined.

## Contact

Lecturer: [Prof.dr.ir.Wim van Saarloos]