PHZ5491 Condensed Matter Physics I,
Lectures: Tue., Thu., 9:30 - 11:30am in UPL
Instructor: Nick Bonesteel
Office: A313 (Magnet Lab); 617 Keen (Physics
Tel.: (850) 644-7805
Office Hours: Tue., Thu., 11:00-12:00 in 617 Keen, or by
Course Description: This course will cover some of the
basic foundational principles of condensed matter physics, focusing on the
quantum theory of crystalline solids.
Main Text: N.W. Ashcroft and N.D. Mermin, Solid
State Physics, (Holt,
Rinegart and Winston, 1976).
- C. Kittel, Introduction to
State Physics, 8th Edition, (Wiley,
- J.M. Ziman, Theory of
Solids, (Cambridge University Press, 1972).
- M.P. Marder, Condensed
Matter Physics, (Wiley, 2000).
Course Topics (Chapters refer to Ashcroft
- Drude-Sommerfeld Theory of
Metals (Chapters 1-3)
- Lattices and Diffraction
- Bloch's Theorem (Chapter 8)
- Weak and Strong Periodic
Potentials (Chapters 9 & 10)
- Semiclassical Theory
(Chapters 12 & 13)
- Measuring the Fermi Surface
(Chapters 14 & 15)
- Lattice Dynamics (Chapters
- Insulators (Chapter 27)
- Semiconductors (Chapters 28
- Magnetism (Chapters 31-33)
- Superconductivity (Chapter
Course Web Page: http://www.physics.fsu.edu/courses/fall07/phz5491/
Homework: Homework will typically be assigned on Thursdays, and
will be due the following Thursday. Discussion of the homework among
students is encouraged, but each student should hand in his/her own solutions.
Exams: There will be two in-class mid-term exams and a
take-home final exam. The mid-term exams will take place in early
October and early November (precise dates to be determined).
grades will be determined by your performance on the assigned problem sets,
the two mid-term exams, and the final exam. The percentage
contribution of each to the overall grade will be as follows:
- Homework (30%)
- First Mid-term Exam (20%)
- Second Mid-term Exam (20%)
- Final Exam (30%)
- HW#1: Ashcroft
& Mermin, Chap. 1, Problems 1, 2, 4; Chap. 2, Problem 1. Due:
Thursday, Sep. 6. (Announcement: Only the first three
problems of HW#1 will be due on 9/6. Problem 2-1 will be due on
- HW#2: Ashcroft
& Mermin, Chap. 2, Problems 1, 3. Due: Thursday, Sep. 13. (Solution)
- HW#3: Ashcroft & Mermin, Chap. 4, Problems 2, 5, 8; Chap. 5, Problem
1. Due: Thursday, Sep. 20. (Solution)
- HW#4: Ashcroft
& Mermin, Chap. 5, Problem 2; Chap. 6, Problems 1, 2, 3. Due:
Thursday, Sep. 27 (Deadline
extended to Friday, Sep. 29). (Solution)
- HW#5: Ashcroft & Mermin, Chap. 8, Problems 1 and 2. Due: Thursday, Oct. 4. (Solution)
Tuesday, Oct. 9.
- HW#6: Click
here for pdf. Due: Thursday, Oct. 18. (Solution)
- HW#7: Click
here for pdf. Due: Thursday, Oct. 25. (Solution)
Ashcroft & Mermin, Chap. 12, Problems 1, 2, 3, 7. Due: Thursday, Nov.
1 (Deadline extended to Tuesday, Nov. 6). (Solution)
- HW#9: Ashcroft &
Mermin, Chap. 14, Problems 1, 2. Due: Tuesday, Nov. 13.
- HW#10: Ashcroft &
Mermin, Chap. 28, Problems 1(b), 2, 4, 7. Due: Thursday, Nov. 29.
- HW#11: Ashcroft &
Mermin, Chap. 22, Problems 2, 5. Due: Thursday, Dec. 6. (Solution)
- TAKE HOME FINAL:
Click here for pdf. Due: Thursday, Dec.
13 at Midnight.
Here's a link to the Physics Today article on graphene referred to in the Final
Absence: Please inform
me in advance of any excused absence (e.g., religious holiday) on the day an
assignment is due. If the absence is known in advance, you can hand the
homework in early. Missed assignments due to unexpected absences will be
handled on a case by case basis.
ADA Statement: Students with disabilities
needing academic accommodation should: (1) register with and provide
documentation to the Student
Center; (2) bring a
letter to the instructor indicating the need for accommodation and what type.
Please do this during the first week of class.
Honor Code: Students are expected to uphold the Academic Honor Code
published in the Florida State University Bulletin and the Student Handbook.
The Academic Honor Systems of Florida State University is based on the premise
that each student has the responsibility to (1) uphold the highest standards of
academic integrity in the student's own work, (2) refuse to tolerate violations
of academic integrity in the university community, and (3) foster a high sense
of integrity and social responsibility on the part of the university community.