Introduction to the Physics and Chemistry of Materials

Robert J. Naumann

December 22, 2008 by CRC Press
Textbook - 533 Pages - 369 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781420061338 - CAT# 6133X

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  • Presents basic concepts of solid state chemistry, such as chemical bonding and diffraction, at an advanced undergraduate level
  • Relates mechanical, thermal, electronic, photonic, and magnetic properties to the structure of organic and inorganic materials
  • Introduces point and space groups as well as Strukturbericht and Pearson notation
  • Explores contemporary developments in photonics and magnetoelectronics, including polymer light-emitting diodes, flash memories, and magnetic storage
  • Provides examples to evaluate how well simplified theories predict the actual performance of various materials
  • Includes end-of-chapter problems to help students apply what they have learned

Solutions manual available for qualifying instructors


Discusses the Structure and Properties of Materials and How These Materials Are Used in Diverse Applications

Building on undergraduate students’ backgrounds in mathematics, science, and engineering, Introduction to the Physics and Chemistry of Materials provides the foundation needed for more advanced work in materials science. Ideal for a two-semester course, the text focuses on chemical bonding, crystal structure, mechanical properties, phase transformations, and materials processing for the first semester. The material for the second semester covers thermal, electronic, photonic, optical, and magnetic properties of materials.

Requiring no prior experience in modern physics and quantum mechanics, the book introduces quantum concepts and wave mechanics through a simple derivation of the Schrödinger equation, the electron-in-a-box problem, and the wave functions of the hydrogen atom. The author also presents a historical perspective on the development of the materials science field. He discusses the Bose–Einstein, Maxwell–Boltzmann, Planck, and Fermi–Dirac distribution functions, before moving on to the various properties and applications of materials.

With detailed derivations of important equations, this applications-oriented text examines the structure and properties of materials, such as heavy metal glasses and superconductors. It also explores recent developments in organics electronics, polymer light-emitting diodes, superconductivity, and more.


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