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Solid State Physics prerequisites

  1. Mar 20, 2013 #1
    Hey there,

    What would you say the prerequisites are for learning Solid State Physics? Both mathematics wise and physics wise.

    Thank you :)
     
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  3. Mar 20, 2013 #2
    Depending on the level of the course, you definitely want a good background in quantum mechanics and all the mathematics that entails. Being up to speed on Fourier series/transforms is good, and knowing some group theory would be useful later on.
     
  4. Mar 20, 2013 #3
    In addition to what dipole mentioned, it would be useful to have basic knowledge of statistical mechanics.
     
  5. Mar 20, 2013 #4
    Thank you guys! Good help :)
     
  6. Mar 20, 2013 #5
    I am currently taking Solid State Physics and agree with everything the previous commenters said. In addition, at least a semester of Classical Mechanics (at Lagrangian and Hamiltonian level) is a wonderful idea. I had to brush up on mine when I reached the phonons part.
     
  7. Mar 21, 2013 #6
    Ah yes, I was wondering about the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics. I'll look up on that also! Thank you :)
     
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