Physics of Solids OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Bachelor Level Course on the Quantum Theory of Solids

Published Feb 03, 2009

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Study the structure of crystals and the behavior of metals in 'Physics of Solids I,' an undergraduate OpenCourseWare by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In this free online course, participants explore the characteristics of solid compounds as well as the relevant theorems and equations. This course is recommended for individuals pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Physics.

Physics of Solids I: Course Specifics

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Physics of Solids I: Course Description

Fundamentals regarding the quantum physics of solid material serve as the focus of this OpenCourseWare.

Students will explore a myriad of broad topics beginning with diffraction, lattice dynamics and phonons. The subject matter will advance to include the model of metals, tight binding method, semiconductors and optical properties. The Bloch theorem and Fermi surface are also covered. Professor Xiao-Gang Wen presents this course in lecture format and includes unique animated simulations to illustrate some of the main concepts.

A complete series of problem set homework assignments is also included. The course website recommends taking 'Statistical Physics I' and 'Quantum Physics II' as prerequisites.

Homework assignments and animated simulations are the main course materials and are available online for free download. For more information, visit the 'Physics of Solids I' course home page.

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