Solid State Physics, Fall, 2017
Attention! This course is finished!
It isn't scheduled to be taught again until Fall, 2019!
A course complimentary to this one is Physics 5335 (Semiconductor Physics).
It is taught in the Fall semester of EVEN numbered years.
So, it will be taught again in Fall, 2018!
Combined Courses
: Physics 4309 (Undergraduate Solid State Physics)
Physics 5304
(Graduate Solid State Physics)
Class Meets: 11:00 - 11:50pm, Mon., Wed., AND Fri., Sc. Room 112
Fall, 2017 Academic Calendar & Final Exam Schedule.
Course Syllabus. Announcements   Lectures  Exams  Homework 
Attention!! This page & its sub-pages are undergoing modifications!
There may be more changes as the semester continues!!
Last Update, 8/26/17
A course complimentary to this one is Physics 5335 (Semiconductor Physics).
It is taught in the Fall semester of EVEN numbered years.
So, it will be taught again in Fall, 2018!

Instructor & Contact Information
Dr. Charles W. Myles, Professor of Physics. Office: Science Room 18. 
Phone: 806-834-4563. E-mail:
Office Hours: 2:00 - 3:00pm MWF + 9:30 - 11:00am TR, & by appointment.
My Physics Dept. Webpages:
An email distribution list will be developed. Here is an important email announcement!! 
Please be sure that I have your correct email address and that you check your email often!

Primary Textbook
Introduction to Solid State Physics, by Charles Kittel. The 8th Edition is required!!
8th Edition Webpage. (John Wiley & Sons, 2005). ISBN-10: 047141526X, ISBN-13: 9780471415268.
In lectures, the topics will be discussed in approximately the same order as in it's table of contents.
Material from many other sources will also be extensively used. This has been the world-wide standard introductory solid state physics text for 50+ years! It emphasizes physics rather than formal math. It's available at bookstores & on-line, in hardbound or paperback. New, used, & "international" versions are possible. The "official" on-line publisher price is absurd at $199.95! Shopping on-line, it's lower! Amazon has it for $124! A search finds prices of $10 to $216!  I urge you to shop around & find the best price. Given the cost, it might be worthwhile to READ IT!  There are numerous sources for this material besides this book. A Google search on "Introduction to Solid State Physics" gives ~230,000 + hits! Click Here.

Supplemental Textbooks
Having these is optional. Portions of the course will use some of the information in them.
1. Elementary Solid State Physics: Principles and Applications, by M. Ali Omar.
Book Webpage. (Addison-Wesley, 1994). ISBN-10: 0201607336, ISBN-13: 9780201607338.
2. Solid State Physics, by Neil W. Ashcroft & N. David Mermin.
Amazon Page for this book. (Thomson, 1976). ISBN-10: 0030839939, ISBN-13: 978-003083931.

Attend as many classes as possible, come to class prepared, do the homework.
READ the material BEFORE I lecture on it, & keep up as we go along.
I don't take roll & I have no specific attendance policy. But, isn't it obvious that (unless you're a genius!) class attendance is REQUIRED to get a good grade? (or to LEARN SOMETHING!)?  Class attendance & grades are correlated! Skipping class also WASTES the tuition/fees that you paid! With tuition & fees for a full-time (Texas) student, each meeting costs about $25. So, each time you skip, you throw away $25! My lectures may not be entertaining or brilliant, but I do expose you to the material.
NOTE: The weekend doesn't start Thursday or end Monday! 
Friday & Monday are class days, NOT weekend days!!
Physics Level & Pre-Requisites
This is an UPPER LEVEL course!! 
A knowledge of elementary quantum mechanics & statistical physics is assumed.
This is a combined Undergraduate/Graduate Course!
It is mainly for upper level Undergraduate Physics Majors & Physics Graduate students who either do Solid State Physics research or who want to broaden their education beyond their research area. Upper level Undergraduates or Graduate Students in physics-related fields are also welcome!

The primary objective of this course is to expose students to the rich, 
broad, varied (very old) field of SOLID STATE PHYSICS.
(Condensed Matter Physics, Materials Physics. ..)
 Note! This ISN'T a Semiconductor Physics Course!! Physics 4309-5304 is complementary to,
but it ISN'T a replacement for Physics 5335, Semiconductor Physics!
Physics 5335 is taught in the Fall of even numbered years. 
I taught it in Fall 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 & will likely teach it again in Fall, 2017
Solid State Physics is about many different kinds of solids. Semiconductors are a special category. In this course, we'll talk about the microscopic physics properties of mostly, CRYSTALLINE solids. It covers metals, insulators, & semiconductors. Near the end, we'll try to briefly discuss superconductors & ferromagnets. A general approach will usually be used, with much of the discussion applying to metals, insulators, & semiconductors.
The basics of solid state physics will be surveyed. As a survey, topics must be covered rapidly. A goal is to cover, as an overview, selected topics in Chs. 1-10 of the book by Kittel. Material will also come from supplemental books & from many other sources. Detailed topic coverage will be announced as we go. The course Syllabus is Here.  Course details, discussions of Homework, Exams, Semester Project, & Grading Scheme are there. PLEASE READ IT

Announcements & Calendar Items
See the Announcements page.
I will TRY to update it shortly after each class. Please check it at least 2 or 3 times a week!

Lectures, Exams, & Homework
COPYRIGHT: Lectures & Exams are copyrighted & owned by C.W. Myles!
No reproduction or use of them other than by students in this course  is allowed!
Lecture PageHas some Lectures (Power Point).
Some lectures were developed in earlier years & are Under Construction because they are being revised & updated for 2017! A GOAL is to post new lectures before we discuss a topic in class, but I can't promise! Whether or not all lectures are revised & updated, it might be helpful to download the Lectures BEFORE the material is covered in class. You can print them, several slides/page. Rather than try to take notes on everything in class, you can follow along on the printed Lectures, making extra notes.
Exams Page: Will have some Exams & Solutions.
There will be 2 Exams: a Midterm Exam & a Final. These may have in class portions with several qualitative questions aimed at evaluating the students’ grasp of the physics & identification of the most relevant physical processes. They may also have take home portions with problems to assess student progress in using relevant mathematical tools.
Homework PageWill have some Homework Assignments & Solutions.
Problems will be assigned & graded on a regular basis. Some, but not all, of the problems will come from the book by Kittel &/or the supplemental textbooks. Doing problems is the most effective means of learning physics, which is impossible otherwise! Homework is due at 5pm on the due date. To keep up, do the assignments as soon as the material is covered. If you wait too late, you likely will run into trouble! 
No late homework will be accepted!!
You are strongly encouraged to form groups to work on homework & study together! This is how physicists work in real situations! NO CONSULTATION with people who had this course previously is allowed! NO use of problem solutions posted in previous years is allowed! This is on the honor system! It will do you no good to merely copy old solutions! Copying solutions will NOT teach you physics!

Semester Project
Library Research Paper and Presentation
This should be on an advanced topic or application of solid state physics that we don't have time for in class. The paper is due near the end of the semester. The exact due date will be set later. Oral presentations on the same subject will also take place then. The paper should be 5-10 typed pages & written in the style of a scientific paper, with all (several) sources properly cited. The presentation should be about 0.5 hour long. It can be (but needn't be!) done in Power Point.
You should have the topic picked by mid-semester (October 23)!!
Topics should be approved by me before you begin!!!

Motivations To Study Solid State Physics
"Solid State Physics" can be loosely defined as the study of the microscopic properties of the dense assembly of electrons formed by placing atoms very close together in a solid.  It is a very large, very broad physics sub-field!  Solid State Physics deals with the microcsopic properties of largeCOLLECTIONS of many particles. By contrast, Particle Physics focuses on the properties of INDIVIDUAL particles. Particle physicists tend to break composite objects up into their constituent building blocks, while Solid State physicists are interested in what fundamentally NEW PROPERTIES emerge when these building blocks are grouped together in various ways. Of course, there are several Technological & Basic Physics motivations to study Solid State Physics.
More discussion of the Motivations to Study Solid State Physics are on the webpage linked Here.

Miscellaneous Topics
1. Dr. Myles: 
     Do you want to know more about me (education, experience, research, personal, etc.)
     See my Homepage & Research Page.
2. Physics Contributions of 20th Century Women! 
     Did you ever wonder why there aren't more women physicists? 
     Actually, a number of women made very important contributions to many areas of physics in the 1900's.
     Here is a website which discusses this in detail!
3. Look at the Top 10 "most influential people" of the last 1,000 years!
     You will find that 4 of the 10 were physicists. (Link borrowed from Dr. Tom Gibson!)
4. Miscellaneous Solid State Physics Links are Posted  Here.
5. Physics News
     a. Physics Central (for the public).
     b. Focus News (advanced level) from the APS.
7. For some Physics Fun, Click Here.
8. For More Fun With Physics & with other science as well, the following is for you! 
     I'm sure that you all have heard of the Nobel Prizes. Well, have you ever heard of the Ig-Nobel Prizes? These are real prizes, awarded each fall in a ceremony at Harvard U. to the most entertaining research published recent years in several areas. The research projects sound strange, but each is a REAL research project published in a REAL scientific journal. For the most part, researchers receiving an Ig Nobel are practicing scientists, some of them are really very distinguished & a few of them have also been awarded a Nobel Prize. The presentation ceremony streamed live on the internet. The Ig Nobel website has downloadable video clips of the ceremonies. The Ig Nobel presentations are always made by Nobel Prize winners.  The Ig Nobels are awarded by the same people who publish the Journal of Improbable Research (JIR). There are two requirements for a research paper to be published in JIR: The paper must contain actual research that 
    A. Makes People Laugh and B. Makes People Think! 
     These are also the two requirements for research to be considered for an Ig Nobel Prize. 

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