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Introductory Solid State Physics, Second Edition [Paperback]

H.P. Myers
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April 28, 1997 0748406603 978-0748406609 2
Assuming an elementary knowledge of quantum and statistical physics, this book provides a comprehensive guide to principal physical properties of condensed matter, as well as the underlying theory necessary for a proper understanding of their origins. The subject matter covers the principal features of condensed matter physics, but with particular accent on the properties of metal alloys. Relevance to technical applications is recognized.

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[the author's objectives} have been beautifully fulfilled in an eminently readable fashion. Several good points make the book better than average. There is a splendid introduction that explains the subject matter of solid state physics and that impresses on the reader the rewards of studying this subject.
-Acta Crystallographica

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  • Paperback: 536 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press; 2 edition (April 28, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0748406603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0748406609
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.4 x 9.8 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,015,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice supplemental read.... December 15, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Any student of Solid State Physics should have Ashcroft & Mermin, or possibly Kittel, as their primary text, but I find Myers to be an excellent supplementary text. Solid State is a difficult subject, and it takes some time to understand the physical signficance of some of the abstract concepts. I read chapters 5 (lattice vibrations), 6 (free electron gas), 7 (periodic potential), and 11 (magnetism) to supplement Kittel and my Solid State class and found Myers approach to be very refreshing. Myers does an excellent job explaining difficult concepts in various appendices; such as exchange and correlation energies in the appendix on Exchange and Many Body Interactions. The supplemental appendices are at the ends of chapters, not the end of the text. Myers' approach is great for a materials scientist who must also be cognizant of periodic trends and the practical implications of solid state physics. When a subject such as the impact of a periodic potential on the electron wave function is presented, Myers understands that his readers are trying to understand the entire periodic table and not simply a few specific examples. Myers builds on the alkali metal atom models with discussions of how the periodic potential perturbs d-electrons or even f-electrons, or how the periodic potential is impacted by alloying. If you like to understand the concepts behind the equations, then Myers is a great text.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice supplemental read.... December 15, 2002
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Format:Paperback
Any student of Solid State Physics should have Ashcroft & Mermin, or possibly Kittel, as their primary text, but I find Myers to be an excellent supplementary text. Solid State is a difficult subject, and it takes some time to understand the physical signficance of some of the abstract concepts. I read chapters 5 (lattice vibrations), 6 (free electron gas), 7 (periodic potential), and 11 (magnetism) to supplement Kittel and my Solid State class and found Myers approach to be very refreshing. Myers does an excellent job explaining difficult concepts in various appendices; such as exchange and correlation energies in the appendix on Exchange and Many Body Interactions. The supplemental appendices are at the ends of chapters, not the end of the text. Myers' approach is great for a materials scientist who must also be cognizant of periodic trends and the practical implications of solid state physics. When a subject such as the impact of a periodic potential on the electron wave function is presented, Myers understands that his readers are trying to understand the entire periodic table and not simply a few specific examples. Myers builds on the alkali metal atom models with discussions of how the periodic potential perturbs d-electrons or even f-electrons, or how the periodic potential is impacted by alloying. If you like to understand the concepts behind the equations, then Myers is a great text.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Buy Kittel instead November 21, 2001
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Format:Paperback
I am taking a course in solid state right now and while I appreciate Myers being "the funniest solid state book," a self-claimed title, the book is nebulous, does not properly explain the fundamentals, and, even worse, is not self contained. When doing the homework assigned out of this book, many times, I have to look up other references to finish the problem.

Buy Kittel's instead - there is a reason why almost everyone uses his book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Verbose, unintelligable December 9, 2001
Format:Hardcover
I think the other reviewers are my classmates. I also found the book overly wordy, but meager with the derivations. The homework problems are often unclear. I found Kittel's text much clearer and straightforward and, surprisingly, more up-to-date.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Impenetrable September 28, 2001
By Jacob
Format:Paperback
The author makes no attempt to emphasize key points over tangents. The text is very verbose and encourages the reader's mind to wander. Additionally, the problems don't really follow the material discussed. Calculations are often mysterious.
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