Solid State Physics
Solid State Physics PHYS 353
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Date Created: 10/05/15
PHYS 353 SYLLABUS Independent Study CATALOG DESCRIPTION PHYS 353 Solid State Physics A study of solids including crystal structure and binding lattice vibrations phonons and thermal properties the free electron Fermi gas energy bands and semiconductor crystals Prerequisite PHYS 252 and MATH 232 One semester three credits TEXT Introduction to Solid State Physics 7th Ed 1996 or 6th Ed 1986 by Kittel printed notes available for cost of printing 500 INSTRUCTOR Dr Johnny B Holmes Professor of Physics PREREQUISITES BY TOPIC Newton39s laws of motion conservation of energy and conservation of momentum an introduction to Maxwell39s equations at least a brief introduction to ideas of modern physics basic introduction to Schrodinger39s Equation differential equations vector calculus GOALS 1 To deepen the student39s understanding ofthe basics behind the thermal mechanical and electrical behavior of materials including semiconductors 2 To show how science attempts very often successfully to explain the often seemingly strange behavior of nature in terms of basic laws and parameters 3 To increase the student39s ability to apply scientific and mathematical principles and methods in general by applying them to a particular area of investigation TOPICS 1 Crystal structure and xray diffraction 2 Lattice vibrations phonons heat capacity and thermal conductivity 3 Free electron Fermi gas energy bands and electrical conductivity 4 Semiconductors GRADING There will be four tests each of which will count as one grade The questions for the four tests will come for the most part from the study questions on the study guide For each test you may bring in one 812quotx1 1quot sheet of paper with whatever you want written on one side no zeroxed copies If it will help your grade the lowest of the four test scores will be dropped ifyou have two or fewer absences There will be a nal exam which will count as one grade For the nal you can bring in two 812quotx11quot sheets of paper with writing on one side each or one sheet with writing on both sides The questions on the nal will for the most part come from the previous four tests There will be homework approximately 30 problems which will be graded and which will count as M grades YOU MUST HAVEATLEASTA 65 ON THE HOMEWORK TO PASS THE COURSE If you have met the homework requirement then I will average the nine or eight grades to determine your final grade based on the following scale A 93100 B 8293 C 7082 D 6570 F 065 An 819 is a C an 820 is a B PHYS 353 Solid State Syllabus page COLLECTED HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS The collected homework assignments will for the most part be found on the study guides Each problem will normally be worth a maximum of 10 points Your homework grade will be gured by adding up your total homework points dividing this by the maximum homework points and then multiplying this fraction by 100 You must have at least 65 on the homework grade to pass the course Homework should be legible and easily followable The seven step paradigm does not have to be followed exactly but the following should be done any equations used should be identified by words intermediate mathematical steps should be included and answers should be shown to be reasonable by arguments based on common sense whenever possible Homework will generally be returned at the next class and may be redone and resubmitted based on the comments or corrections but the resubmitted homework will be subject to the same grading timeframes as the original speci ed above unless othenNise speci ed at the time
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