About this book
This is the second edition of this textbook, the original of which was published in 2007.
Initial undergraduate studies in physics are usually in an organized format devoted to elementary aspects, which is then followed by advanced programmes in specialized fields. A difficult task is to provide a formative introduction in the early period, suitable as a base for courses more complex, thus bridging the wide gap between elementary physics and topics pertaining to research activities. This textbook remains an endeavour toward that goal, and is based on a mixture of simplified institutional theory and solved problems. In this way, the hope is to provide physical insight, basic knowledge and motivation, without impeding advanced learning.
The choice has been to limit the focus to key concepts and to those aspects most typical of atoms, molecules and compounds, by looking at the basic, structural components, without paying detailed attention to the properties possessed by them. Problems are intertwined with formal presentations of the arguments presented, designed as an intrinsic part of the pathway by which the student should move in order to grasp the key concepts.
The purpose of the blend of intuition–theory exercises in this text is to favour the acquisition of basic knowledge in the wide and wonderful field of condensed matter, with an emphasis on how phenomenological properties originate from the microscopic, quantum features of nature.
The text has been completely revised. The subject index has been considerably extended and some figures amended in order to help the reader to better perceive the physical issues. However, the general purpose of this text remains the same as in the first edition.
- Book Title Structure of Matter
- Book Subtitle An Introductory Course with Problems and Solutions
- Series Title UNITEXT
- DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-88-470-0560-0
- Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Milan 2007
- Publisher Name Springer, Milano
- eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy Physics and Astronomy (R0)
- Softcover ISBN 978-88-470-0559-4
- eBook ISBN 978-88-470-0560-0
- Series ISSN 2038-5714
- Edition Number 1
- Number of Pages XVII, 474
- Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
Atomic, Molecular, Optical and Plasma Physics
Condensed Matter Physics
Solid State Physics
Spectroscopy and Microscopy
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From the reviews:
"This highly recommended textbook builds bridges between elementary physics and research activities. Its main strength lies in its mixture of simplified theory in the main text and deeper exploration in the solved problems. It addresses key concepts and typical aspects of atoms, molecules and solids. … The numerous graphs and problems with solutions make this book particularly useful for self-studying an extremely wide scope of the structure of matter." (Peter Enders, Optics and Photonics News, February, 2008)