Physics 406: Introduction to Solid State Physics 



Spring 2012 Mondays, Thursdays 10:20  11:40 a.m. ARC 204 



Overview: This course is intended to provide an introduction to the physics of solids. We will begin by characterizing the properties of static (crystal structure) and dynamic (lattice vibrations) arrangements of atoms. Next we will study electrons in solids and will identify key features distinguishing metals, insulators and semiconductors. Semiconductor devices and, time permitting, biological systems will also be discussed. We will end with two examples of macroscopic quantum phenomena, magnetism and superconductivity, and a discussion of current open questions. Topics of current interest will be covered throughout the course. Course Texbook: M. Ali Omar, Elementary Solid State Physics (AddisonWesley 1993). Supplementary Text: C. Kittel, Introduction to Solid State Physics (John Wiley & Sons 2005). 



February 16
Midterm I
April 9
Midterm II
May 4
Final


Breakdown of Grades
The lowest homework grade will be dropped. Class participation is greatly encouraged and will contribute positively towards the final grade. 

Special
Announcements
Please bring a calculator and an equation sheet to the final! 