# MSE485/PHYS466/CSE485 :: MatSE Illinois :: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

## Home

### i>clickers

We will be using i>clickers in every lecture. You can use either the older v1 or the newer v2 i>clickers. If you have not already done so, please register your clicker by visiting the MSE485 page in Compass. The navigation bar on the left should have an item "Register my i>clicker". The proven, educational benefit of using i>clickers depends on your active participation. **Having another student answer questions using your clicker is considered cheating.**

### Online discussion forum

This class uses Piazza for announcements, updates, and all communication between the instructor, TAs, and students. Please visit this page to register.

### Excused Absences

Excused absences may be requested by filling out the Excused Absences form. For more information, please read the course syllabus.

## Schedule

All lectures will be recorded and the recordings will be posted under this link.

## Course Description

### Scope

This class connects simulation results and properties of materials (structural or thermodynamic quantities), as well as numerical algorithms and systematic and statistical error estimations. Students will become familiar with molecular dynamics (integration algorithms, static and dynamic correlations functions and their connection to order and transport), Monte Carlo and Random Walks (variance reduction, Metropolis algorithms, Kinetic Monte Carlo, heat diffusion, Brownian motion), phase transitions (melting-freezing, calculating free energies), polymers (growth and equilibrium structure), quantum simulation (zero temperature and finite temperature methods), optimization techniques (e.g. simulated annealing).

### Objectives

The objective is to learn and apply fundamental techniques used in (primarily classical) simulations in order to help understand and predict properties of microscopic systems in materials science, physics, chemistry, and biology. Students will work towards a final project, where they will define, model, implement, and study a particular problem using atomic-scale simulation techniques.

## Course Grading

### Grading

Your final grade for this class will be based upon your total score on all the components of the course. Please consult the course syllabus for details on particular components.

Course Component | Percentage of total |
---|---|

Homework | 50 |

In-lecture i>clicker | 10 |

Project Proposal | 10 |

Final Presentation | 15 |

Final Report | 15 |

### Final Grade

The following cutoff table will be used to calculate final scores.

Final Grade | Minimum Points |
---|---|

A+ | 97 |

A | 93 |

A– | 90 |

B+ | 87 |

B | 83 |

B– | 80 |

C+ | 77 |

C | 73 |

C– | 70 |

D+ | 67 |

D | 63 |

D– | 60 |

F | <60 |