Physics 880.06: Condensed Matter Physics (Fall, 2002)
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[Office Hours; Grader|
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Physics 880.06 is the first quarter of a three quarter sequence on
Condensed Matter Physics. The main text for the first two
quarters will be Ashcroft and Mermin, ``Solid State Physics''
(Saunders, 1976). Some supplemental material will be drawn from
Michael P. Marder ``Condensed Matter Physics,'' (Corrected
Printing, Wiley Interscience, 2000). The third quarter will
be devoted to a single special topic, probably superconductivity.
Suggested background includes quantum mechanics and electricity
and magnetism at the undergraduate level. Some background in
undergraduate statistical physics would be useful, but will be
developed as needed. The course should be accessible to many first
year grad students and possibly
even a very well prepared undergraduate. If you have questions
the needed background, please get in touch with me.
The course will meet MWF from 9:30 to 10:18 in Smith 1186.
The instructor is David Stroud (email email@example.com;
telephone 292-8140; office Smith 4034).
Grading will be based on homework (about 50%),
and a final (about 50%). I will discard your grade on the
lowest homework set. Grades will be distributed
according to the usual scale for 880xx courses. The final
is tentatively planned for Saturday, December 7 from 11AM to
1PM in Smith4079.
Topics for fall quarter will include the Drude and Sommerfeld
free-electron theory of metals, crystal lattices, the reciprocal
lattice, methods for
measuring crystal structures (X-ray and neutron diffraction),
electronic states in a periodic potential, methods for calculating
electronic structure, band structure of selected solids,
the classical and quantum theory of the
harmonic lattice, and possibly, if time permits,
the semiclassical theory of electron dynamics and electronic
My office hours will be Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30 - 11:30,
and by appointment.
The grader is Mr. Wissam Al-Saidi. His email is
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Problem Set 9 (complete)