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.