Structure of Matter

An Introductory Course with Problems and Solutions

  • Attilio Rigamonti
  • Pietro Carretta

Part of the UNITEXT book series (UNITEXT)

Also part of the Collana di Fisica e Astronomia book sub series (UNITEXTFIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVII
  2. Attilio Rigamonti, Pietro Carretta
    Pages 1-62
  3. Attilio Rigamonti, Pietro Carretta
    Pages 63-90
  4. Attilio Rigamonti, Pietro Carretta
    Pages 91-128
  5. Attilio Rigamonti, Pietro Carretta
    Pages 129-166
  6. Attilio Rigamonti, Pietro Carretta
    Pages 167-204
  7. Attilio Rigamonti, Pietro Carretta
    Pages 205-236
  8. Attilio Rigamonti, Pietro Carretta
    Pages 237-250
  9. Attilio Rigamonti, Pietro Carretta
    Pages 251-284
  10. Attilio Rigamonti, Pietro Carretta
    Pages 285-302
  11. Attilio Rigamonti, Pietro Carretta
    Pages 303-351
  12. Attilio Rigamonti, Pietro Carretta
    Pages 353-368
  13. Attilio Rigamonti, Pietro Carretta
    Pages 369-407
  14. Attilio Rigamonti, Pietro Carretta
    Pages 409-433
  15. Attilio Rigamonti, Pietro Carretta
    Pages 435-463
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 465-474

About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

Condensed Matter atoms molecule molecules quantum mechanics solids statistical physics

Authors and affiliations

  • Attilio Rigamonti
    • 1
  • Pietro Carretta
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Fisica “A Volta”Università degli Studi di PaviaPavia

Bibliographic information

  • 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
  • Print ISBN 978-88-470-0559-4
  • Online ISBN 978-88-470-0560-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2038-5714
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