Academic year
2016/2017 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
CM0335 (AF:216018 AR:99128)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
1st Semester
Course year
The aim of the course is to provide the sudents with a background in the more advanced topics in Physics at the microscopical level. Particular emphasis will be devoted to multi-electrons atoms, the quantum nature of the chemical bond, and to solid state physics.
Introductory physics at the level of first and second years of a standard first degree majoring in a scientific field. The course in Mathematical methods for Physics.
Thermodynamic potentials. Elements of Statistical Thermodynamics. The free electron gas model. Drude-Sommerfeld theory of metals. Hydrogen atom. Helium atom. Hydrogen molecule and chemical bond. Crystal structure. Band Theory. Beyond the approximation of independent electrons. Classical and Quantum theory of crystals. Diamagnetism and Paramagnetism.
C. Cohen, B. Diu, F. Laloe: Quantum Mechanics (Wiley Hermann 1977)
N. W. Ashcroft e N. D. Mermin: Solid State Physics (Saunders College 1976)
C. Kittel: Introduction to Solid State Physics (J. Wiley & Sons, Canada 1971)
written and oral
The final grade will be the combination of two parts. The first part will be based on assignments given during the semester and will account for 50% of the final grade. The turning in of the assignments at the predefined dates is mandatory, meaning that the student will not allowed to take the second part in their absence. The second part will be assessed on the basis of an oral exam.
All lectures will be delivered at the blackboard with all calculations spelled out in details.
The written part of the examination will be given in the form of a set of homework problems to be due at specific dates.
Details in the instructor's web page
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