*This is the only book that deals with solid state physics
at an introductory level
*Integration of the problems and the text encourages students to tackle problem solving
*Includes a compete set of worked solutions
*Comprehensive, up-to-date treatment of a continually changing subject
This book is aimed at first and second year undergraduates taking a course in solid state physics. It is suitable for physics or engineering students.
It does not assume any prior knowledge of quantum theory.
It covers all of the standard topics in solid state physics, i.e. crystal structure, mechanical, electrical, thermal, and magnetic properties, metals, semiconductors, dielectrics, superconductors and amorphous solids, and also includes an introductory chapter on chemical bonds and a chapter on polymers. The text is largely non-mathematical, but questions are integrated into the text to encourage readers to tackle the problem-solving aspects of the subject. Worked examples and a complete set of detailed solutions are included. More challenging topics (either mathematically or conceptually more difficult) are treated in optional sections.
1 Bonds between atoms
2 Crystals and crystalline solids
3 Mechanical properties of solids
4 Electrical properties of solids
6 Semiconductor devices
7 Thermal processes
8 Magnetic properties
11 Crystallization and amorphous solids
Appendix A: Introduction to quantum concepts
Appendix B: Relationship between interatomic force and potential energy
Solutions to exercises