Condensed Matter Physics

Instructor : Dr Abdul Hameed Nayyar
Term : Spring 2011
Level : Undergraduate
Course Code : PHY 332
Course Status : Physics Core
Course Outline


Course Description

Structure and properties of materials from classical and quantum mechanical perspectives. Topics covered include crystal structure and lattices; crystal imperfections; diffusion; atomic vibrations; thermal properties of materials; electronic properties of materials with discussions of Fermi-Dirac statistics, the band theory, Fermi surface and Brillouin zone; description of semiconductors; dielectric and magnetic properties of materials Introduction to superconductivity and superfluidity; semi-solid and amorphous materials; surface physics and experimental techniques to probe materials such as X-ray and electron diffraction, surface probe microscopy.


Lecture Notes

Crystallography
Reciprocal lattices
Band Structure


QUIZZES, ASSIGNMENTS, PRACTICE PROBLEMS, EXAMS

Week Quizzes Assignments Practice Problems Exams
2 Quiz 1 Assignment 1
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3 Assignment 2
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5 Quiz 2 PSS 1
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6 Midterm 1
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7 Assignment 3
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8 Assignment 4
10 Quiz 3 Assignment 5
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12 Quiz 4 Assignment 6
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13 Quiz 5 PSS 2
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14 Assignment 7
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Midterm 2
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15 Quiz 6 PSS 3
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16 Final Exam
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