University of California at Santa Cruz
Jack Baskin School of Engineering
Electrical Engineering Department

EE145: Properties of Materials

Fall 2011

Last updated: 12/01/11



Final exam:


The solutions to Homework 9 are posted below.

The solutions to Quiz 3 are posted below.

The midterm solutions are posted below.


New office hours on Friday: 11:30-12:30.

Applet quizzes: There will only be an applet-based lab quiz on semiconductor properties, not on metals.

Lab assignments: The final version of the lab group assignments is posted here .





Holger Schmidt


245 Baskin Engineering Building


(831) 459-1482



Dibya Phuyal

Discussion Section:

Wed 6:30 - 7:30 in BE 162

Lab Sections:

By lab group assignment in BE 162


TTh 2:00 to 3:45, Porter 144

Office Hours:

Tue 11-12, Fri 11:30-12:30


S.O. Kasap, Principles of Electronic Materials and Devices, Mc Graw Hill, 2005, 3rd Edition.

Reference Texts:

L. Solymar, D. Walsh, Electrical Properties of Materials, Oxford Unversity Press, 1998, 6th Edition.
J. D. Livingston,  Electronic Properties of Engineering Materials, Wiley, 1999

N.W. Ashcroft/ N.D. Mermin: Solid State Physics, Int.Thomson Publishing; 1st ed (1976)

Grading Policy:

Quizzes 20%, homework 10%, midterm 30%, final 40%


Learning Objectives

Tentative Schedule




Reading Assignment

Home work due



Introduction/ Overview, Atomic structure; Class notes





Atomic Structure, Bonds, Crystals

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.8




Bravais lattices, reciprocal lattice, kinetic gas theory

1.13, 1.4, 2.1

ch.1: 3,4,7,16,22,24, solutions



QUIZ 1, Drude model, conduction in Metals

2.2, 2.3, 2.6

Quiz 1 solutions



Hall effect, quantum physics, Schrodinger equation

2.5, 2.9, 3.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.2, 3.3

ch.1: 25,28, ch.2: 1,4,5,11, solutions



Infinite well, Heisenberg uncertainty, tunneling, hydrogen atom

3.4, 3.5,



Hydrogen atom and molecule

3.7.1, 3.7.2, 3.8

ch.2: 20,22, 24;26 ch.3: 3,5,9, solutions



QUIZ 2, Hybridization, semiconductors, effective mass

4.1, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5

Quiz 2 solutions



Density of states, electron statistics, quantum theory of metals

4.6, 4.7

ch.3: 12,15, 17, 19,22,27, solutions



Intrinsic Semiconductors




Extrinsic Semiconductors, Temperature Dependence

5.2, 5.3

ch.4: 2,5,6,8,10,12, solutions







Recombination, Drift, Diffusion

5.4, 5.5

ch.4: 26, ch.5: 2,4,7,8,10, solutions



Continuity Equation, optical absorption, photoconductors

5.6, 5.7



Luminescence, Lasers

6.9., 6.10, 9.13, 3.9.1

ch.5: 12,14,15,19,20,29, solutions



Dielectric Materials, Permittivity, Polarization

7.1, 7.2




Polarization, Capacitor, Piezoelectricity

7.3, 7.4.1, 7.7,7.8

ch.5: 17,30, ch.6: 20,23, ch.7: 2,4, solutions



QUIZ 3, Magnetic Properties and Materials

8.1, 8.2

Quiz 3 solutions



Ferromagnetism, Saturation, Domains, Hysteresis

8.3, 8.4, 8.5.1-8.5.6



Magnetic Recording, Spintronics

8.6, 8.13, 8.9.1, 8.10

ch. 7: 9,23,24,31, ch.8: 2,3,4,7,20, solutions


Final, 8:00–11:00 a.m., Porter 144



Discussion section

The goal for the discussion section is to allow you to review lecture topics in more detail and discuss strategies to solve homework problems, both under the guidance of the TA.

The discussion sections will take place in the lab BE 162.


Remember: You will work through three hands-on simulation applets on metals and semiconductors, respectively. See the links below in the lab schedule. After working through the simulations on semiconductors, you need to take the associated applet quiz by the time the report for the accompanying experiment is due. The quiz will be distributed by the TA during the lab sessions.

Here is a tutorial that illustrates how to use the applet simulations.

The applets count 50% towards the grade for that lab (Semiconductor conductivity).


Lab days (Wed groups, Mon group)
Start Lab Number
Due Lab Number


Sept 28, Oct 3

Linear regression

Oct 5, Oct 10

Metal Resistivity (applet simulation), Crystal structure

Oct 12, Oct 17

Metal Resistivity (experiment), day 1

Oct 19, Oct 24

Metal Resistivity (experiment), day 2

Oct 26, Oct 31

Semiconductor Conductivity  (applet simulation, intrinsic),

Semiconductor Conductivity  (applet simulation, extrinsic)

Nov 2, Nov 7


Semiconductor Conductivity  (experiment)

Nov 9, Nov 14

Solar Cells

Nov 16, Nov 21

Optical Absorption/Photoluminescence

You can download the data for the last lab (optical absorption) that you need for your analysis here:

data as excel file

data as pdf file

Nov 28, Nov 30

Optical Absorption/Photoluminescence

Final exam in lecture




Course Objectives
The fundamental electrical, optical, and magnetic properties of materials, with emphasis on semiconductors: chemical bonds, crystal structures, energy bands. Electrical and thermal conduction. Optical and magnetic properties. Students must concurrently enroll in course145L.

Course Prerequisites
EE145/L is a required course for EE undergraduates. Other Engineering or Science majors with proper prerequisites are welcome to enroll. Prerequisites (or equivalent at community college) are: (Physics 5abc or 6abc; Math (differential equations)).

Course Expectations
Learning occurs by the active involvement of the student. Consequently there will be many different opportunities for active learning, such as cooperative problem-solving in lab. The student is expected to come to class prepared to think and learn. The lecture period will be used to establish fundamental concepts. The lab periods will be used to practice the engineering skills of problem-solving and data acquisition and analysis.

During both lab and lecture time, you will be asked to participate in solving problems. Always bring your calculator to both lab and lecture. It also is helpful to bring your textbook along.

To get the most out of this class, you need to read the assigned sections in the textbook before coming to class, and most importantly to read the assigned Lab Notes before coming to lab sections. There will bequizzes in the lab sessions. It is advisable to review the Learning Objectives frequently to keep track of your own progress. Don't feel that you have to be failing the course to come see your instructor or TA; come to ask questions.

Working Together
You are encouraged to work in groups and discuss the homework assignments. However, each has to write his/her own solution and fully understand them.

Learning Objectives
A set of Learning Objectives is attached. These Learning Objectives (LO) are based on a list prepared by Prof. Emily Allen from San Jose StateUniversity. All of the course assignments (which includes lectures, homework assignments, lab assignments, in-class learning exercises,and lab reports) are designed to help you learn the material and complete the learning objectives. We recommend that you review the LOs weekly and highlight the ones you have achieved that week.This will help keep track of your progress in the course. The LOs under each topic may not be addressed all at once or even the same week of class.

Homework Assignments
Homeworks will be assigned and collected during class sessions,and will generally follow a weekly sequence. Solutions will be handedout (or posted at our web site) on the date of collection. Thus, latehomework will not be accepted or graded. Homework is graded in terms of it being complete, well organized, readable and showing evidence of thoughtful attention to the problem itself. Sloppy submissions will not be considered for grading.

Grading Method
The course will not be graded on a curve. It is possible for everyone to earn an "A" or for everyone to earn an "F". Yourfinal course grade does not depend in any way upon anyone else's performance. Thus it is to your benefit to find a group of people you can study with and to help each other learn.Passing the final is mandatory in order to pass the class.

Additional Reference Materials

There are a number of other interesting Websites available pertaining to Materials Science and Engineering and electronic materials. If you find others, let me know so they can be added to the list for next years' students!

Textbook (Electrical Engineering Materials and Devices) Website

Lots of great information here!

San Jose State Unviersity Materials Engineering Department

Semiconductor Materials and Devices (SUNY Buffalo)

The MATTER project homepage

Interactive Quantum Mechanics (KSU)

Careers in Materials Science and Engineering

Unpublished translation of Semiconductor Physics - excellentfigures

A lot on crystal structures with lots of animations:

Other applets:


Books on Introductory Materials Science:
D. Askeland, The Science and Engineering of Materials,3rd ed., PWS. TA403 .A74 1984
W. Callister, Materials Science and Engineering : anIntroduction TA403 .C23 1985

Books on Electronic Properties of Materials:
R. Pierret, Semiconductor Device Fundamentals, Addison-Wesley, 1996.
R. Hummel, Electronic Properties of Materials, Springer-Verlag, 2nd ed., 1993.
C. Kittel, Introduction to Solid State Physics, 7th ed.,  John Wiley and Sons, NY, 1995. QC176 .K51986.
N. W. Ashcroft, N. D. Mermin, Solid State Physics, SaundersCollege, 1976.
P. Yu, M. Cardona, Fundamentals of Semiconductors, Springer, 2nd Ed., 1999.
R. Lawrence Comstock, Introduction to Magnetism and Magnetic Recording,  J. Wiley, 1999.

Academic Dishonesty and Cheating:

Any confirmed academic dishonesty including but not limited to copying homeworks or cheating on exams, will result in a no-pass or failing grade. You are encouraged to read the campus policies regarding academic integrity and dishonesty. Examples of cheating include (but are not limited to):

  • Sharing or copying results or other information during an examination.
  • Working on an exam before or after the official time allowed.
  • Submitting homework that is not your own work.
  • Reading another student's homework solution before it is due.
  • Allowing someone else to read your homework solution before the assignment is due.
  • Plagiarism or copying of homework/lab reports.
  • Use homework solutions from previous years.
  • Use lab reports from previous years.

If there is any question as to whether a given action might be construed as cheating, see me before you engage in any such action or check the university policies on academic dishonesty.

Copyright: Holger Schmidt 2011