Concepts of Classical Electrodynamics:
- mathematical background: vector analysis (gradient, divergence, curl), divergence and curl theorem
- Maxwell equations
- Conservation laws, electrostatics, magnetostatics (in vacuum and in media), electrodynamics and waves
- Solution methods for partial differential equations; applications to physical systems
“Soft Matter” has lately been one of the fastest growing fields in physics, as illustrated by the APS Council’s official endorsement of the new Soft Matter Topical Group (GSOFT) in 2014 with more than four times the quorum, and by the fact that Isaac Newton’s chair is now held by a soft matter theorist. It crosses traditional departmental walls and now provides a common focus and unifying perspective for many activities that formerly would have been separated into a variety of disciplines, such as mathematics, physics, biophysics, chemistry, chem- ical engineering, materials science. It brings together scientists, mathematicians and engineers from those disciplines to study materials such as colloids, micelles, biological, and granular matter, but is much less tied to certain materials, tech- nologies, or applications than to the generic and unifying organizing principles governing them. In the widest sense, the field of soft matter comprises all appli- cations of the principles of statistical mechanics to condensed matter that is not dominated by genuine quantum effects.