# MSE304 :: MatSE Illinois :: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

## Home

### i>clickers

We will be using i>clickers in every lecture. You can use either the older v1 or the newer v2 i>clickers. If you have not already done so, please register your clicker by visiting the MSE304 page in Compass. The navigation bar on the left should have an item "Register my i>Clicker". The proven, educational benefit of using i>clickers depends on your active participation. **Having another student answer questions using your clicker is considered cheating.**

### Excused Absences

Excused absences may be requested by filling out the Excused Absences form. For more information, please read the course syllabus.

### Pre-lecture (survey) questions

(Optional) pre-lecture questions on the reading material will be assigned in ByteShelf 36 hours before class and answers are due at 9 pm the day before each lecture.

### Online discussion forum

This class uses Piazza for announcements, updates, and all communication between the instructor, TAs, and students. Please visit this page to register.

## Schedule

All recordings will be posted under this link.

## Course Description

### Scope

Fundamentals of quantum mechanics; atoms and small molecules; tunneling and Heisenberg's uncertainty principle; angular momentum; spectroscopy techniques; solids, in particular metals and semiconductors; Students should obtain a fundamental understanding of quantum mechanics and how it governs electronic properties of materials.

### Objectives

Students will be able to understand the theoretical description of various semiconductor devices and how that traces back to the materials they are made of. Students will obtain a grasp of the equations of quantum mechanics and their (analytical) solution for model systems. Moreover, students will obtain insight into modern computational techniques to describe electronic properties of solids as well as semiconductor devices.

## Course Grading

### Grading

Your final grade for MSE304 will be based upon your total score on all the components of the course. Please consult the course syllabus for details on particular components.

Course Component | Percentage of total |
---|---|

Homework | 20 |

In-lecture i>clicker | 5 |

Prerequisite Exam | 6 |

Exam 1 | 23 |

Exam 2 | 23 |

Exam 3 | 23 |

The **optional final exam** will *replace* the lowest exam grade (exam 1, 2, or 3) if it is higher than that grade.

### Final Grade

The following cutoff table will be used to calculate final scores.

Final Grade | Minimum Points |
---|---|

A+ | 97 |

A | 93 |

A– | 90 |

B+ | 87 |

B | 83 |

B– | 80 |

C+ | 77 |

C | 73 |

C– | 70 |

D+ | 67 |

D | 63 |

D– | 60 |

F | <60 |