Prof. Eva Y. Andrei
eandrei AT physics.rutgers.edu
Hours: by appointment
Email: pjr93 ATphysics.rutgers.edu
This one-semester course
introduces the physics of matter that we encounter in everyday
life. You will learn how the
arrangement of atoms and their chemical properties
are responsible for whether a material feels cold or hot, whether it
electricity, whether it is transparent or opaque, how it can conduct
many other phenomena you may have wondered about but never dared to
will study the statics and dynamics of crystal lattices, electron
electric and magnetic fields, the band theory of solids and
its realization in graphene, and the
emergence of superconductivity as an example of quantum collective
will see how
understanding the behavior of matter at microscopic scales led to
technological applications that too often we take for granted. We will
roughly the first two-thirds of the course developing the pillars of
matter physics: electronic transport, crystals, and band structure. We
then highlight basic ideas underlying several areas of current
research: graphene, semiconductors,
and superconductors. The course will primarily provide an introduction
overview. If you continue in physics, you will see these topics in more
in further undergraduate and graduate courses.
an introduction to the physics of quantum materials
solid grounding for more advanced courses
on the properties
the background and tools to
understand publications and research articles in this field
the links with Quantum Mechanics, Thermal and Statistical Physics.
you to delve deeper into the subject
to Solid State Physics, 8th
Wiley & Sons 2005).
The Oxford Solid State Basics (Oxford
University Press 2013).
N. W. Ashcroft and N. D. Mermin, Solid State Physics (Saunders College Publishing)
Ibach and H Luth. Solid-State
Physics. 4th edition (Springer 2009)
with basic principles of quantum mechanics (Schroedinger equation,
quantization, tunneling, spin).
quantum mechanics course (361, 417 or similar) and electromagnetism
(386 or similar).
- Knowledge of basics of statistical
(classical statistics, Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac statistics).
due weekly at
the beginning of Monday's class
class participation and quizzes (10%)
Quizzes: After each reading assignment
there may be a short
quiz at the beginning of class covering the reading assignment
clicker questions: During class there
will be questions for which you
enter your response using clickers. Your answers will be recorded
and you will receive 1 point towards your in-class grade per class for
submitting any answer to all of the questions, whether or not your
answers are correct. There may also be a few graded quizes during
semester. Such graded questions will usually be
late in the class and ones that nearly all students get correct if they
have been paying attention.
Exams (20%, 30% )
and one Final.
project and Oral presentation (10%)
reading project of your choice on a topic of
contemporary solid state physics.
Each student will chose an independent study topic
and present it to the class at the end of the semester. Students will
have 12 minutes to present (about 10-15 ppt slides) and 10 minutes to
respond to questions.
system, the most
important requirement for getting a good grade is to do all the
and participate in class! Missing several weeks of class
homework could put you in danger of failing, no matter how well you do
exams! Your lowest weekly homework score and your 2 lowest
participation scores will be thrown out, so you can miss one
week of homework and two classes without penalty. There will be
make-up homework or exams. These throw-outs are made to cover
illness, car trouble, forgotten
participation in athletic events, etc... There will be no other
corrections made to grades other than for major medical or personal
emergencies. Also, try not to waste your homework or class
early in the semester, because you may need them later if you get sick,
your clicker, or for other reasons.
- All course materials
and announcements will be posted on Canvas
- We will use i-clicker in class. Follow this
for purchasing and
registering your i-clicker.
Code of conduct:
- Students are required to arrive to class on time
- NO cellphones, no newspapers, no
non-course-related computer activities allowed in
- Course materials are proprietary -
no sharing outside of class, no publishing on line any of
the course materials
- All students are responsible for knowing and
adhering to the academic
this policy may include: cheating, plagiarism, aid of academic
fabrication, lying, bribery, and threatening behavior. All
academic misconduct shall be reported.
|Efficient learning practices
1. People understand concepts by seeing,
and applying them, not by passively listening to explanations.
2. Understanding physics (& solving
develop understanding) is a learned
skill, like swimming or playing basketball or violin.
It takes time, effort,
and practice. Research says better retention if
sustained effort rather than cramming.
3. People learn best by sharing and getting
on their thinking
-- Student-student more
often than student-faculty.
4. Students learn most when they take the
responsibility for what is learned.
provide you with opportunities to help you learn
ultimately Learning only comes as a result of your own effort!
amount you will learn depends on how much thought and practice you put
distributed sensibly over the semester.
- Read assigned chapter before class
end of chapter conceptual questions
of class there may be Reading
Quizz - no makeup
EARLY to class and don't leave before end of class.
class participation, explore, analyze new concepts, develop basic ideas
- NO cellphones,
newspapers, no non-course-related computer activities allowed in
- Master and
retain ideas through extensive use. Expect to spend ~ 6 hrs/week on Homework
- Discuss concepts, ideas,
problems with peers. Collaboration
GOOD but submit your OWN homework
are expected to maintain the highest level of academic integrity. You should be familiar with the university
policy on academic integrity: http://academicintegrity.rutgers.edu/academic-integrity-policy/ Violations will be reported and enforced
according to this policy.
external sources to obtain solutions to homework assignments or exams
is cheating and a violation of the University Academic Integrity
policy. Cheating in the course may result in penalties ranging from a
zero on an assignment to an F for the course, or expulsion from the
University. Posting of homework
assignments, exams, recorded lectures, or other lecture materials to
external sites without the permission of the instructor is a violation
of copyright and constitutes a facilitation of dishonesty, which may
result in the same penalties as explicit cheating.
does the use of such sites violate the University policy on
Integrity, using such sites interferes with your achievement of the
learning you are paying tuition for. Assignments, quizzes, and exams
are given not simply to assign grades, but to promote the active
learning that occurs through completing assignments on your own.
Getting the right answer is much less important than learning how
to get the right answer. This learning is critical to your
success in subsequent courses and your careers.
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