Properties of condensed matter are extremely varied and often surprising. The student will gain knowledge of the main phenomena and their explanation. Concepts and methods introduced by previous courses (classical physics, statistical mechanics and quantum mechanics) will be employed to quantitatively describe crucial the solid properties. Learning to solve problems implies analysing each of them and selecting the appropriate method, as well as being abl eto communicate the essential results.
The student must be familiar with classical mechanics, electromagnetism, thermodynamics, statistical mechanics and quantum mechanics, althoug there is no explicit formal requisite for any of the corresponding exams.
Course contents summary
Solid State Physics
The extended program coincides roughly with the book content.
Molecules will be treated as soon as the Quantum Mechanics course has completed the part on atoms, together with the discussion of chemical bond in solids.
Steven H Simon The Oxford Solid State Basics OUP 2013
Additional material provided by the lecturer on Molecules, Superconductors
Lectures and exercises.
Exercises are directed at applying methods and understanding developed in the front lectures, and at making critical judgements upon their application. Lecture slides, problems and additional materials is provided on the Elly moodle pages within the date of each lecture. The main textbook is indicated below. The course follows it quite closely.
Assessment methods and criteria
Homeworks (every two weeks) will be marked (0-30) on the basis of a published marking grid.
Two written papers during the year will be graded similarly.
The final marks will be the average of the three. An oral examination (marked 0-30) can replace one failed paper, and consists in the discussion of equivalent problems. The final marks will be the average of the passed tests and of the mean paper marks.