Liquid crystals: a new topic in physics for undergraduates

@article{Pavlin2012LiquidCA,
  title={Liquid crystals: a new topic in physics for undergraduates},
  author={Jerneja Pavlin and Nata{\vs}a Vaupoti{\vc} and Mojca {\vC}epi{\vc}},
  journal={European Journal of Physics},
  year={2012},
  volume={34},
  pages={745 - 761}
}
This paper presents a teaching module about liquid crystals. Since liquid crystals are linked to everyday student experiences and are also a topic of current scientific research, they are an excellent candidate for a modern topic to be introduced into education. We show that liquid crystals can provide a pathway through several fields of physics such as thermodynamics, optics and electromagnetism. We discuss what students should learn about liquid crystals and what physical concepts they should… 

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