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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 8.231 (Fall 2006) 
  • Course Title:
  • Physics of Solids I 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Physics 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Xiao-Gang Wen 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 8.231 Physics of Solids I

    Fall 2006

    Course Highlights

    8.231 Physics of Solids I

    Fall 2006

    An irridescent synthetic bismuth crystal.
    A synthetic bismuth crystal. The bottom front edge has a length of about 3.5cm. The irridescent color is created due to interference effects in a thin oxide layer, which forms when the hot crystal is pulled out of the bismuth melt. (Image courtesy of Wikipedia user Dschwen.)

    Course Description

    This course offers an introduction to the basic concepts of the quantum theory of solids.

    Technical Requirements

    Special software is required to use some of the files in this section: .class.


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