MAT_SCI 351-1: Introductory Physics of Materials

Quarter Offered

Fall : MWF 10-10:50 ; Snyder


GEN ENG 205-4 and PHYSICS 135-2,3


Quantum mechanics; applications to materials and engineering. Band structures and cohesive energy; thermal behavior; electrical conduction; semiconductors; amorphous semiconductors; magnetic behavior of materials; liquid crystals. Lectures, laboratory, problem solving.

Course Topics

  • Origin of Quantum Theory
  • Schrödinger Equation
  • One-Dimensional Time-Independent Potentials
  • Three-Dimensional Time-Independent Potentials
  • Hydrogen Atom and Periodic Table
  • Bonding
  • Quantum Statistical Mechanics
  • Free Electron Theory of Metals
  • Beyond the Free Electron Theory of Metals
  • Band Theory of Solids
  • Semiconductors

Relationship to Department Objectives

Supports 2, 3, 5, 8

Textbook: Safa Kasap, Principles of Electronic Materials and Devices Third Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2006 ISBN: 139780073104645