Introduction to Solid State Physics
Instructor:  i, Office: A213-1
Textbook: Introduction to Solid State Physics, the 8th edition, by C. Kittel
Grading: homework (30%), midterm exam (35%), final exam (35%)
TA: T 
Required background:  Fourier analysis, quantum physics, statistical physics
References:
Solid State Physics, by H. Ibach and H. Lüth
Solid State Physics, by N. Ashcroft and D. Mermin (graduate level, but very good!)
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The first semester covers the basics of solid state physics (click to get pdf files)
        Chap 1 Crystal structure
        Chap 2 Wave diffraction and the reciprocal lattice
        Chap 3 Crystal binding and elastic constants - skip
        Chap 4 Phonons I. Crystal vibrations  
        Chap 5 Phonons II. Thermal properties 
        Chap 6 Free-electron Fermi gas 
        Chap 7 Energy bands 
        Chap 9 Fermi surface and metals 
The second semester covers various independent topics
        Chap 8 Semiconductor crystals  
        Chap 10 Superconductivity  
        Chap 11 Diamagnetism and paramagnetism 
        Chap 12 Ferromagnetism and antiferromagnetism 
        Chap 13 Magnetic resonance - skip
        Chap 14 Plasmons, polaritons, and polarons << new
        Chap 15 Optical processes and excitons
    Chap 16 Dielectrics and ferroelectrics - skip 
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