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4 Credits
Fall term, even years
Lecture Only

David Cann
303D Dearborn Hall

Course Description

Development of a quantitative description of the electronic structure of solids starting with the quantum mechanical model of the atom, atomic bonding, and band theory of solids. Quantitative description of the electronic properties of metals, semiconductors, and insulators.


  • Band Theory
  • Free Electron Gas
  • 2-D & 3-D Band Structures
  • Metallic Conduction
  • Lattice Phonons
  • Semiconductors
  • Semiconductor Devices
  • Dielectrics

Learning Outcomes

The student, upon successful completion of this course, will be able to:

  1. Describe electronic behavior in terms of the band theory of solids
  2. Predict electronic behavior of different classes of materials