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1. Course title

Molekyyliklusterien muodostumissimulaatiot
Simulations of Formation of Molecular Clusters
Simulations of Formation of Molecular Clusters

2. Course code


Aikaisemmat leikkaavat opintojaksot 530060 Molekyyliklusterien muodostumissimulaatiot, 5 op.

3. Course status: optional

-Which degree programme is responsible for the course?
Master's Programme in Atmospheric Sciences

-Which module does the course belong to?
ATM3001 Advanced Studies in Aerosol Physics (optional for Study Track in Aerosol Physics)
TCM300 Advanced Studies in Theoretical and Computational Methods

-Is the course available to students from other degree programmes?

4. Course level (first-, second-, third-cycle/EQF levels 6, 7 and 8)

Master’s level, degree programmes in medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine = secondcycle
degree/EQF level 7
Doctoral level = third-cycle (doctoral) degree/EQF level 8

-Does the course belong to basic, intermediate or advanced studies (cf. Government Decree
on University Degrees)?
Advanced studies

5. Recommended time/stage of studies for completion

-The recommended time for completion may be, e.g., after certain relevant courses have
been completed

Anytime during MSc studies

6. Term/teaching period when the course will be offered

-The course may be offered in the autumn or spring term or both.
-If the course is not offered every year, this must be indicated here.
-Specification of the teaching period when the course will be offered

Every second or third year, depending on demand (last time in spring 2019), alternating with ATM305 CLASSICAL NUCLEATION THEORY

7. Scope of the course in credits

5 cr

8. Teacher coordinating the course

Olli Pakarinen

  • 9. Course learning outcomes

-Description of the learning outcomes provided to students by the course
- See the competence map (

You will learn to use Atmospheric Cluster Dynamics Code ACDC to simulate molecular cluster formation  from gas molecules and  cluster growth

You will understand 

  • what happens in particle formation
  • which factors affect cluster concentrations and formation rates
  • that particle formation and growth are not two separate processes
  • how cluster properties (e.g. evaporation rates) and external conditions (e.g. cluster removal processes) affect cluster distributions as well as  formation and growth rates.


10. Course completion methods

-Will the course be offered in the form of contact teaching, or can it be taken as a distance
learning course?
-Description of attendance requirements (e.g., X% attendance during the entire course or
during parts of it)
-Methods of completion

Exercises, a final project and  presentation of the project results

11. Prerequisites

-Description of the courses or modules that must be completed before taking this course or
what other prior learning is required

Basic Matlab skills

12. Recommended optional studies

-What other courses are recommended to be taken in addition to this course?
-Which other courses support the further development of the competence provided by this

13. Course content

-Description of the course content 

  • Introduction to cluster formation and growth processes, and birth-death equations  describing these processes
  • Learning to use Atmospheric Cluster Dynamics Code  (ACDC) and doing simulations
  • Determining  particle formation and growth  rates in different conditions

14. Recommended and required literature

-What kind of literature and other materials are read during the course (reading list)?
-Which works are set reading and which are recommended as supplementary reading?

Lecture notes

15. Activities and teaching methods in support of learning

Combined lectures and computational hands-on  exercises

16. Assessment practices and criteria, grading scale

The grade will be determined based on exercises (50%) and the final  project report  (50%). Presentation is only graded as pass/fail.

17. Teaching language

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