Solid State Physics, Fall,
2017 Attention! This course is finished! It isn't scheduled to be taught again until Fall, 2019! However, A course complimentary to this one isPhysics 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.,
Fri., Sc. Room 112 Fall, 2017Academic Calendar& Final ExamSchedule. CourseSyllabus. AnnouncementsLecturesExamsHomework 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 isPhysics 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.
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
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
has it for $124!
A search finds
prices of $10 to
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
to Solid State Physics" gives ~230,000 + hits! Click Here.
optional. Portions of the course
will use some of the information in them.
Solid State Physics: Principles and Applications,
by M. Ali Omar.
1994). ISBN-10: 0201607336, ISBN-13:
by Neil W. Ashcroft & N. David
classes as possible, come
to class prepared, do the homework.
the material BEFOREI
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
grade? (or to LEARN
& grades are correlated! Skipping class
the tuition/fees that you paid!
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.
& Monday are class days, NOT
Level & Pre-Requisites
This is an UPPER LEVELcourse!!
quantum mechanics & statistical
is acombined Undergraduate/Graduate Course!
It is mainly
level Undergraduate Physics Majors & Physics Graduatestudentswho either do Solid State Physics research or who
want to broaden their education beyond their
area. Upper level Undergraduates or Graduate Students in
physics-related fields are also
The primary objective of this course is to expose students to the rich,
broad, varied (very old) field of SOLID STATE PHYSICS.
I taught it in Fall 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016
likely teach it again in Fall, 2017.
State Physics is
different kinds of
are a special category. In
mostly,CRYSTALLINE solids. It covers metals,
insulators, & semiconductors. Near the end, we'll
briefly discuss superconductors & ferromagnets. A general approach will usually be used, with much
of the discussion applying to metals, insulators, &
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. 1-10of the book by Kittel.
will also come from supplemental books & from many other sources.
coverage will be
announced as we go. The
courseSyllabusis Here. Course
details, discussions of
Homework, Exams, Semester Project, & Grading Scheme are there.PLEASE READ IT
& Calendar Items See the Announcements page. I will TRY to update it shortly after each class. Please check
least 2 or 3 times a week!
Exams, & Homework
copyrighted & owned byC.W.
reproduction or use of them other than by
students in this
course is allowed!
Some lectures were developed in earlier years & are Under Construction because they are being revised & updated for 2017!A
GOALis 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 LecturesBEFOREthe material is covered in class.
print them, several
than try to take notes on
everything in class, you can follow along on the printed Lectures, making extra notes.
There will be 2 Exams: a Midterm
& a Final. These may have in class portions
with several qualitative questions aimed
at evaluating the students’ grasp of the physics & identification
most relevant physical processes. They may also
have take home portions
with problems to assess student progress in using
relevant mathematical tools.
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
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 intotrouble!
homework will be accepted!!
You are strongly
encouraged to form groupsto
work on homework & study together!This
is how physicists work in real situations!NOCONSULTATION 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!
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
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
be 5-10 typed pages
& written in the style of a scientific
paper, with all (several) sources properly
cited. The presentation should be about0.5
hour long. It can be (but needn't be!) done in Power Point.
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
Physics" can be loosely defined as the study of the microscopic
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, whileSolid 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
More discussion of the Motivations to StudySolid State Physics are on the webpage linked Here.
1. Dr. Myles:
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The presentation ceremony streamed live on
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