Last Updated: December 21, 2010, 2:40 PM

FALL 2010


Survey of the principles of the structure and properties of non-molecular solids. The course will cover basic crystallography, including space group symmetry and structure determination by x-ray, neutron, and electron diffraction, as well as fundamental concepts of bonding in solids. Topics include lattice dynamics, electronic band structure, magnetism, and strongly correlated electron behavior, and their relationship to observed materials properties such as superconductivity, thermoelectricity, and optical properties.

Note to Physics Students: This course is designed to be complementary to AS.171.405 (Condensed Matter Physics). There shouldbe only nominal overlap between the two courses, so you may find value in taking both.

Class Times:MW Noon-1:15 PM (NOTE NEW TIME!)
Classroom:Remsen 233 (building 36 on the campus map)

Prof. Tyrel M. McQueen
Office: New Chemistry Building #312 and Bloomberg #301
Office Hours: by appointment or just stopping by ("open door policy")

Grading: 70% Homework, 15% midterm, 15% comprehensive take home final exam

Lowest homework score will be dropped.

Required Texts:
Supplementary Resources:
Tentative Schedule (can and will change!)
Week 1 (8/30-9/3):Introduction to solid state chemistry and the nature of the chemical bond[TMMHO, SfS]
Week 2 (9/6-9/10; no class monday):Crystal structures: from packing of hard spheres to unit cells[BSSC Ch. 1]
Week 3 (9/13-9/17):Important structure types in oxides and intermetallics, coordination polyehdra[BSSC Ch. 1&5]
Week 4 (9/20-9/24):Defects in structures, reciprocal space and diffraction[BSSC Ch. 3, PoM Ch. 2,3,4]
Week 5 (9/27-10/1):Diffraction continued, local versus average structure[PoM Ch. 2,3,4, TMMHO]
Week 6 (10/4-10/8):Midterm Exam. Electrons in solids, band structures[BSSC Ch. 2] (Optional: A&M Ch. 8,9,10)
Week 7 (10/11-10/15, monday classes held tuesday):Electronic structure calculations, common models, limits[TMMHO] (Optional: A&M Ch. 8,9,10)
Week 8 (10/18-10/22):Electron correlations, multielectron wavefunctions (origin of exchange)[TMMHO]
Week 9 (10/25-10/29):Electrical properties of solids[BSSC Ch. 7, PoM Ch. 8,17,19]
Week 10 (11/1-11/5):Electrical properties of solids continued[TMMHO, BSSC Ch. 7, PoM Ch. 8,17,19]
Week 11 (11/8-11/12):Magnetic properties of solids[BSSC Ch. 8, PoM Ch. 14,16]
Week 12 (11/15-11/19):Magnetic properties of solids continued, and thermodynamics in solids, entropy, heat capacity[TMMHO, BSSC Ch. 6,8, PoM Ch. 7,14,16]
Week 13 (11/22-11/23):Coupling of Thermal, Electrical, Magnetic, Mechanical, and Chemical Degrees of Freedom[TMMHO, PoM]
Week 14 (11/30-12/3):Degrees of Freedom Coupling Continued: Charge separation in solids[TMMHO, PoM Ch. 21]
Week 15 (12/6-12/7):Guest Speaker: Jamie Neilson, on "Weak and cooperative interactions in aquo for designing materials' structure/property relationships"[TMMHO]
Homework Assigments

These will be posted weekly.


These will be posted as mentioned in the class.

Lecture Notes

As a matter of course policy, lecture notes are not available online. You are welcome to stop by TMMs office to view them anytime.

Audit Policy

Graduate students are allowed to audit the course. It is required that you attend most of the lectures, andstrongly recommended that you look at and complete the homework assignments.