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Fall 2007-2008
ELE 441  

Solid-State Physics I

Mansour Shayegan

An introduction to the properties of solids. Theory of free electrons--classical and quantum. Crystal structure and methods of determination. Electron energy levels in a crystal: weak potential and tight-binding limits. Classification of solids--metals, semiconductors and insulators. Types of bonding and cohesion in crystals. Lattice dynamics, phonon spectra and thermal properties of harmonic crystals.

Sample reading list:
Ashcroft & Mermin, Solid State Physics
Kittel, Introduction to Solid State Physics
Ziman, The Theory of Solids

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly reading and homework assignments.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 35%
Final Exam - 45%
Problem set(s) - 20%

Other Requirements:
Course is required for concentrators
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
ELE 342 or PHY 208 and PHY 305 or Permission Of Instructor..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20680 L01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm M W F   Engineering Quad B-Wing   B205   Enrolled:9 Limit:40