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Topics in Solid State Physics PHYS 560 
Days: 
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 
Time: 
12:00 p.m. – 12:50 p.m. 

Location: 
CURRENS 336 
Overview:
This is a Solid State Physics course
for physics majors at the graduate level. Tentative list of topics to be
covered includes electrical, thermal, and
mechanical properties of crystalline solids, including lattice bonding, phonon
dynamics, band theory, electrons in metals, semiconductors, and
superconductivity.
Objectives: The
purpose of this course is to introduce the foundations of Solid State physics,
as well as to outline the modern topics on the
subject.
Textbook: Introduction to
Supplementary text:
Attendance policy: Attendance is expected although not mandatory. Students are
responsible for all material presented in class, all homework, and for all
changes to the schedule or plans which are announced in class.
My office is Currens 305. My office telephone number is 3092982743. You are welcome to
call me at my office at any time. There is a voice mail if I am not
available. My email address is
IShovkovywiu.edu.
I read my email daily during weekdays.
Office hours will
be on Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Wednesday from 3:00
p.m. to 4:00 p.m. You could make
additional appointments with me, but not on short notice. Try to request
appointments at least 2 or 3 working days in advance.
The final grade
for this course will be based on weekly homework assignments, a midterm
examination, two 15minute quizzes, and a comprehensive
final examination. The following table will be used for determining the maximum
score for each category:
Homework 
40
points 
Midterm examination 
20 points 
Two
15 minute quizzes 
10
points 
Final examination 
30 points 
TOTAL 
100
points 
The grade will be determined as follows:
A (85100
points), B (7084 points), C (5569 points), D (4054
points), E (<39 points)
Homework will
be assigned about every week or so. The solutions should be handed in the
following week before the class. Late homework will not be accepted. There will
be 10 to 12 homework problem sets assigned during the course. Most problems
will be graded on a scale from 0 to 10, but exceptions to this rule are
possible when the problems are easier or harder than average. At the end of the
semester, I will rescale the total homework score so that the maximum is 40
points.
Tentative schedule
The exact schedule for
lectures and examinations will depend on how long it takes to cover the
material. The following is my best guess as of now (August 2007). Please
note that the midterm exam is tentatively scheduled for October 15 (Monday). The midterm exam will have several
problems to be solved in class and several problems to be taken home. Each
problem will be graded on a scale from 0 to about 10. The answers without
solutions will not be accepted. The
takehome questions of the midterm exam will be due on October 17 (Wednesday) before the class (i.e., 12 p.m.). The
midterm/final examination score will be rescaled so that the maximum is 20
points. There will be two 15minute quizzes, scheduled tentatively for November 7 (Wednesday) and December 3 (Monday). The final
comprehensive examination is scheduled for December
10, 1:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m (Monday). Books and notes will not be permitted during quizzes. All
exams are open book. No other reference materials will be permitted during
exams. There will be no makeup exams.
Dates 
Tentative description of topics to be covered 
Aug. 20, 2007 
Classes start 
Oct.
15, 2007 
MIDTERM
EXAMINATION 
Oct. 17, 2007 
Takehome
problems are due (part of the midterm examination) 
Oct. 19, 2007 
Discussion
of the midterm examination problems 
Nov. 7, 2007 
1^{st} 15minute quiz 
Nov. 19 – 23, 2007 
No classes (Thanksgiving) 
Dec. 3, 2007 
2^{nd} 15minute quiz 
Dec.
10, 2007 
FINAL
EXAMINATION (1 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.) 
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solutions can be obtained from WesternOnline.
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policy: “In
accordance with University policy and the Americans with Disabilities Act
(ADA), academic accommodations may be made for any student who notifies the
instructor of the need for an accommodation. It is imperative that you take the
initiative to bring such needs to the instructor’s attention, as he/she is not
legally permitted to inquire about such particular needs of students. Students
who may require special assistance in emergency evacuations (i.e. fire,
tornado, etc.) should contact the instructor as to the most appropriate
procedures to follow in such an emergency. Contact Disability Support Services
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Last modified August 20, 2007