Instructor Office Email Office Hours
Dmitrii Maslov
 NPB 2114
 3 p.m. -4 p.m.
 Tue, Thu

Long Zhang
NPB 2323


MWF, period 7 (1:55 p.m.-2:45 p.m.)  Room NPB 1220
  • Pre-requisites
    Graduate level Quantum Mechanics and Statistical Physics

  • Main Text
    N. W. Ashcroft and N. D. Mermin, Solid State Physics

  • Supplementary Texts

  • P. K. Misra, Physics of Condensed Matter

  • M. P. Marder, Condensed Matter Physics

  • L. Mihaly and M. C. Martin, Solid State Physics (2nd edition)

  • General interest

    S. Mahajan, Street-Fighting Mathematics
    the 1st edition of Mahajan's book is available here

    L. Weinstein, Guesstimation 2.0: Solving Today's Problem on the Back of a Napkin

    D. L. Maslov, Lecture notes on Qualitative Methods in Theoretical Physics
  • Syllabus

  • Preamble: History of Condensed Matter Physics and toy models of solids

  • Chapters 1-17, 19-29 of Ashcroft and Mermin

  • The reading plan for the next week will be posted each Friday.

  • Required work

    Homework          30 %
     Typically, bi-weekly
    Midterm                20 %
    Final (inclusive) 30%

    Research paper  20% due Nov 29

  • Class schedule

  • No classes
    Sept 02 (Labor Day)
    Nov 8 (UF Homecoming) 
    Nov 11 (Veterans Day)
    Nov 27-29 (Thanksgiving)

  • Last day of classes: Dec 4

  • Final exam: Dec 12, 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Grading policy
    Here are guidelines for your final grade, as the percentage of the total number of points:
    85-100 A

    82-84  A-
    65-81 B/B+
    50-64 C/C+
    40-49 D/D+
    0-39 F
    Depending on the overall performance of the class, these numbers may be lowered but not raised.

  • "Units rule":
    an algebraic solution to each problem MUST be accompanied by the dimensional analysis of the result.

    Without such an analysis, you will get no more than 75% of the credit, even if the solution is otherwise correct. On the other hand, if you do not know how to solve the problem but construct an approximate result, using the dimensional analysis, you may get up to 25% of the credit
  • Academic Honesty
    All students are required to abide by the Academic Honesty Guidelines
    accepted by the University. 

    Consistent with university policy, any incident of academic dishonesty in this course will be reported to the Dean of Students Office. It is normal and reasonable for students in a Physics course to work together on homework assignments. However, following the normal practices of co-authorship accepted in academic institutions, yo must list all people who you collaborated with on a particular assignment. This Instructor defines academic dishonesty as plagiarism (including copying solutions from Internet sources), fabricating data (for example, ''fixing" a solution so that it gives the correct answer), giving or receiving any unauthorized assistance on academic work, and interfering with the academic work of other students. Supplying a false or fabricated excuse for missed academic work is also academic dishonesty. If the incident is the student's first offense at UF, the student will receive a reduced or failing grade in PHY6426. If not, the Dean of Students Office will decide the appropriate sanction.

  • Students with disabilities
    Students requesting classroom accommodation must first register with the Dean of Students Office. The Dean of Students Office will provide documentation to the student who must then provide this documentation to the Instructor when requesting accommodation.

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