Quantum Mechanical Models of Solids

Timetable for Autumn Term, 2005


 
Consider what the lecturer, meeting the class for the first time, has to do: the lecturer must guide this collection of individuals through territory the students are unfamiliar with, towards a common meeting point, but without knowing where they are starting from, how much baggage they are carrying, and what kind of vehicle they are using. This is insanity. It is truly a miracle, and a tribute to human ingenuity, that any student learns anything worthwhile in such a system. 

Diana Laurillard Rethinking university teaching: a framework for the effective use of educational technology (RoutledgeFalmer, Second Edition, 2001), page 3. 

 
Week	 Dates	Lectures		Topics/Assignments

Oct    No class     Collect introductory material: Books & references, 
3-7    this week    Tools, and Web resources.
				
Oct    M 10	1. Bonds and Bands: chemical and physical approaches
10-14 Tu 11	2. Particles in boxes: free and nearly free electrons

Oct    M 17	Computation and consultation
17-21 Tu 18	3. Crystallography in real and reciprocal spaces

Oct    M 24	Computation and consultation
24-28 Tu 25	4. Exchange-correlation, LDA and density functional theory 

Oct31  M 31	Computation and consultation
Nov 4 Tu  1	5. Metallic band structures and methods of calculation

Nov    M  7	Computation and consultation
7-11  Tu  8	6. Variational and Tight-binding methods (MH)

Nov    M 14	Computation and consultation (ISM)
14-18 Tu 15	Variational/Tight-binding continued (MH)

Nov    M 21	Computation and consultation (ISM)
21-25 Tu 22	Project work

Nov28  M 28	Computation and consultation
Dec 2 Tu 29	7. Diamond structure semiconductors: the case of silicon

Dec    M  5	Computation and consultation
5-9   Tu  6	8. Matrix (N-cubed) and order-N methods
          	Problems/ computations/ projects due.


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