Problem and Project Assignments for Surface and Thin Films, Spring 2009

John Venables, Dept of Physics, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.


  • Meeting times have been arranged for ASU students, as (mostly) twice per week on Tuesday and Thursdays at 1.30-2.45 pm in PSF 462. Internet-registered students should make individual arrangements by email. An outline plan of what reading is expected is given below.
  • The initial Outline and a page of Web-based Resources have been created; these will be further developed as the course proceeds. The timetable indicates reading and problem assignments and when assignments are due. Note that none of these assignments should be done ‘blind’. They all require prior consultation on whether they are appropriate for your individual needs. The timetable will be adjusted as the semester proceeds.

Problems and Project Assignments for Spring 2009

The first two Problem Assignments are due to be completed by Spring Break, with individual earlier deadlines set by email. Make sure that you contact me in time if you need some help- you are not expected to be able to do these problems without some assistance.

The assignments for 2009 will be set as the course proceeds. The first two Problem Assignments are expected to be essentially completed by Spring Break, and are provisionally given in the first problem assignment and the second problem assignment. These assignments are essentially the problems given in my book for chapters 1 and 2, and parts of chapter 3, but we may put extra problems on the web-site.

I am not expecting all of you to do all of them, and they may be varied this year, and/or tailored to individual needs and interests. We will also experiment with putting some of these problems on the computer, using Matlab6.5 and/or Java/ Javascript.

To get an idea of possible choices after Spring Break, consult the Lecture list, the current Course outline, or the Book contents. What will actually happen is subject to consultation with individual students.

Talks and Term Projects for Spring 2009

These assignments form much of your work after Spring Break, with the topics discussed individually. The draft list of topics given in the Assignment-three. Please consult this list and firm up these topics in consultation with me.

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Latest version of this document: 31st March 2009, amended 29 Jan 2010.