Physics 581 - Winter 2011

Welcome to Physics 581 - Winter 2011!

Instructor: John S. Colton
 Email address: "john_" (including the underscore) plus "colton" at "byu dot edu"
 Office hours: MWF, 2-3 pm in the Underground Lab study area
 Office: N335 ESC, available by appointment

TA: David Ballard
 Email address: "evan" combined with "db", at "byu dot net"
 TA Office hours: T Th, 2-3 pm, in N337 ESC

Announcements

  • 25 Apr 2011 - final course grades posted
  • 19 Apr 2011 - grades posted, including everything up until the final exam
  • 14 Apr 2011 - final exam posted
  • 27 Feb 2011 - revised schedule posted (in syllabus section below)
  • 7 Jan 2011 - first HW and lectures 1 & 2 posted
  • 5 Jan 2011- First day of class, TA office hours set, syllabus posted
  • 28 Dec 2010 - Barebones website set up. Updates will be posted here in the Announcements section as appropriate.

Textbook

  • The textbook for the class is Introduction to Solid State Physics, by Charles Kittel (8th edition).

Syllabus

Lecture Notes

Homework

  • hw1 - due Fri, 15 Jan 2011
  • hw 2 - due Wed, 26 Jan 2011
  • hw 3 - due Mon, 7 Feb 2011
  • hw 4 - due Wed, 16 Feb 2011
  • hw 5 - due Mon, 28 Feb 2011
  • hw 6 - due Wed, 9 Mar 2011
  • hw 7 - due Mon, 28 Mar 2011
  • hw 8 - due Fri, 8 Apr 2011

Grades

Exams

  • Exam 1 - due Wed 23 Feb 2011, at start of class
  • Exam 2 - due Wed 13 Apr 2011, at start of class
  • (Final exam removed from website)

Mathematica

  • Dr. Colton's Basic Commands of Mathematica document, written as a brief primer for Physics 123 students. (Must be opened with Mathematica.)
  • BYU Physics Department's website for Physics 230, where among other things the Introduction to Mathematica textbook can be downloaded.

Supplementary Material

  • Dr. Harold Stokes' computer resources for Physics 581 website, which includes 3D crystal structure models for several common structures.
  • A site by the Naval Research Lab with many, many crystal structures:  //cst-www.nrl.navy.mil/lattice/

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