The Physics of Solids

Paperback | April 1, 2000

byRichard John Turton

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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 onpolymers. 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 conceptuallymore difficult) are treated in optional sections.

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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 magnet...

Dr Richard Turton, Scientific Officer (with lecturing duties), Theory of Solid State Group, Newcastle University
Format:PaperbackPublished:April 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198503520

ISBN - 13:9780198503521

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Table of Contents

1. Bonds between atoms2. Crystals and crystalline solids3. Mechanical properties of solids4. Electrical properties of solids5. Semiconductors6. Semiconductor devices7. Thermal processes8. Magnetic properties9. Superconductivity10. Dielectrics11. Crystallization and amorphous solids12. PolymersFurther readingAppendix A: Introduction to quantum conceptsAppendix B: Relationship between interatomic force and potential energySolutions to exercises

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I like the way the book starts with bonds between atoms before the obligatory chapter on crystalline solids, followed by an excellent treatment of mechanical properties. The standard topics of solid-state physics are then presented, starting with electronic properties. There is a splendidfinal chapter on polymers. The style is confident, authoritative and up to date ...Richard Feynman, in evaluating his own attempt to teach quantum mechanics early in a physics course, reckoned he had failed. Has Richard Turton succeeded? I think he has. Andrew Briggs, professor of materials,University of Oxford The Times Higher, 24 November 2000 (Physics and Engineering)