Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHZ5405
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Approved by SCNS
Submission Type: Change
Course Change Information (for course changes only): Change Pre-req to "PR PHY 4605 or PHY 6645."
Comments: For PhD in Applied Physics, MS in Physics - Required. Form incomplete. Emailed 2/11/15. Updated 8/28/15. GC approved 10/12/15; to USF Sys 10/12/15; to SCNS 10/28/15. Approved effective 12/1/15
- Department and Contact Information
Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted 5154 2014-12-15 Department College Budget Account Number Physics AS TPA-10000-125300-000000-0000000 Contact Person Phone David Rabson 41207 email@example.com
- Course Information
Prefix Number Full Title PHZ 5405 Solid State Physics I Is the course title variable? N Is a permit required for registration? Y Are the credit hours variable? N Is this course repeatable? If repeatable, how many times? 0 Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option 3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) - Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum) Solid State Physics I Course Online? Percentage Online C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0
PHY 3101 and MAP 2302
Crystal structure, x‐ray and electron
diffraction, mechanical and thermal
properties of solids, electrical and
magnetic properties of metals, band
theory of metals, insulators, and
semiconductors. First semester of
sequence PHZ 5405, PHZ 6426
A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.
B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?
Half the research in this department is in the area of solid-state/materials physics. This is the pre-requisite for the advanced materials-physics course.
C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?
D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)
doctorate in physics or related field
- Other Course Information
Introduce the framework of solid-state physics, including crystal structure, crystallography, nearly-free-electron (Bethe-Sommerfeld) theory, band structure, phonons, and the theories of metals and semiconductors.
B. Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to read current research papers in solid-state physics and will be prepared for the next courses in either the solid-state or materials-physics sequences. They will be ready to start working in experimental or theoretical research in solid-state physics.
C. Major Topics
Drude and Sommerfeld models; structure of solids in direct and reciprocal spaces; crystallography and determination of structure; Bloch waves and band structure; semiclassical electron dynamics; measuring the Fermi surface; metals and insulators; phonons; phonon-phonon and electron-phonon scattering; dielectric porperties of insulators; homogeneous semiconductors.
Example: Ashcroft and Mermin, Solid State Physics
E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases
F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy
G. Assignments, Exams and Tests
H. Attendance Policy
Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,
Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (http://usfweb2.usf.edu/usfgc/gc_pp/acadaf/gc10-045.htm)
In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.
I. Policy on Make-up Work
J. Program This Course Supports
Ph.D. in applied physics as well as master's programs in physics
- Course Concurrence Information