**Final Exam**

The
take-home exam
was handed out in class on Wednesday, May 1.
It is due 4pm Friday, May 3. Open book, open notes. No group work allowed.

**Student projects**

Each student will investigate a special topic in condensed matter physics to be agreed
upon with the instructor, and present their findings in a 15-minute oral presentation
(worth 20% of course grade!).
Presentation schedule: **4-5pm Tuesday, April 30 in PAS 218; 10:30am-12:30pm Friday, May 3 in PAS 414**.

**Grade info available at**
d2l

**Office hours:** Tuesday 3-4pm, Thursday 2-4pm, or
contact me

**Homework:**

HW1 due in class, Friday, Jan. 25.

HW2 due in class, Wednesday, Feb. 6 *(deadline extended!)*.

HW3 due in class, Wednesday, Feb. 13 *(note change of date!)*.

HW4 due in class, Friday, March 1 *(deadline extended!)*.

**HW5** due in class, Wednesday, March 13: Kittel 3.2, 3.5, 3.6.

HW6 due in class, Friday, March 22.

HW7 due in class, Friday, March 29.

HW8 due in class, Wednesday, April 17.

**HW9** due in class, Friday, April 26: Kittel 10.3, 10.4.

**Solutions:**

HW1.1
HW1.2
HW2
HW3
HW4
HW5
HW6
HW7
HW8
HW9

Midterm 1
Midterm 2

**Lecture notes:** (under construction)

Lec 1: Meissner effect

Lec 2: Classical theory of electrons in metals

Lec 3: Electrons in metals: Fermi gas model

Lec 4: Boltzmann equation I

Lec 5: Boltzmann equation II

Lec 6: Quantum transport

Lec 7: The Quantum Hall Effect

Topological derivation of IQHE

Lec 8: Crystal structure (reading list)

Lec 9: The reciprocal lattice

Lec 10: X-Ray diffraction; Crystal cohesion

Lec 11: Electrons in a periodic potential

Lec 12: Band theory II: Nearly free electrons

Lec 13: Band theory III: Tight binding approximation

Lec 14: Semiconductors I

Lec 15: Semiconductors II

Lec 15.2: Semiconductor devices

Lec 16: Crystal vibrations I: Classical theory

Lec 17: Phonons: Quantum theory of crystal vibrations

Lec 18: Phonons: Thermal properties

Lec: (Anti)Ferromagnetism

Lec 19: Superconductivity I: Introduction

Lec 20: Superconductivity II: Ginzburg-Landau theory

Lec 21: Superconductivity III: Persistent currents

Course description

Schedule of topics, readings, and exams

This course provides an introduction to condensed matter physics, with an emphasis on the central phenomena observed experimentally and utilized in modern
technology. Theoretical explanations are given in terms of fundamental theorems and illustrated with simple models based on *quantum mechanics* and *statistical physics*. The topics covered correspond to Chapters 1-10, 12, and 18 in Kittel (8th Ed.).