Physics 240A
Condensed Matter Physics

Course information

Instructor: Rena Zieve
Office: 243 Physics
Lab: 232 Physics
Office Hours: 10:00-11:00 Monday, 10:30-11:30 Tuesday
E-mail: zieve(at)
TA:Yuxi Zhang
Office:404 Physics
Office Hour:11:00-noon Thursday


Late homework policy: homework can be turned one class after the deadline for a 50% penalty. (I.e., I divide your score by two when calculating grades.)

Problem Set 1, due in class Tuesday October 9, and Solutions
Problem Set 2, due in class Tuesday October 16, and Solutions
Problem Set 3, due in class Tuesday October 23: A&M 5.2, 6.1, 6.2, 6.5; Solutions
Problem Set 4, due in class Tuesday October 30 (no late HW accepted) and Solutions
Problem Set 5, due in class Thursday November 8 and Solutions
Problem Set 6, due in class Tuesday November 27 (no late HW accepted) and Solutions
Problem Set 7, due in class Tuesday December 4; late HW accepted until class Thursday December 6, and Solutions
Problem Set 8, due at Professor Zieve's office or mailbox by 5 PM Friday December 7; late HW accepted until 9 AM Monday December 10
   [Note question 1 is based on reading, not lecture, and can be completed at any time.]
   Solutions to Set 8

Other Handouts

Course Info

Midterm and Solutions


The midterm will be on Friday November 2 at 4:30 PM, in room 185. I will try to make it an 80-minute test, but everyone will be welcome to work on it for a full two hours.

Problem Set 5: In question 2, take the prefactor in the potential as 0.1 or 1 in units of (hbar)^2(pi)^2/2ma^2.