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The Materials Physics Companion

2nd Edition

By Anthony C. Fischer-Cripps

CRC Press

238 pages | 211 B/W Illus.

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Understand the Physics of the Solid State

Updated and expanded with new topics, The Materials Physics Companion, 2nd Edition puts the physics of the solid state within the reach of students by offering an easy-to-navigate pathway from basic knowledge through to advanced concepts. This edition illustrates how electrical and magnetic properties of matter arise from the basic principles of quantum mechanics in a way that is accessible to science and engineering students.

A Convenient, Student-Friendly Format Rich with Diagrams and Clear Explanations

The book uses the unique signature style of the author’s other companion books, providing detailed graphics, simple and clear explanations of difficult concepts, and annotated mathematical treatments. It covers quantum mechanics, x-ray analysis, solid-state physics, the mechanical and thermal properties of solids, the electrical and magnetic properties of solids, and superconductivity, assuming no prior knowledge of these advanced areas. Suitable for undergraduate students in science and engineering, the book is also a handy refresher for professional scientists and educators.

Be sure to check out the author’s other companion books:

The Mathematics Companion: Mathematical Methods for Physicists and Engineers, 2nd Edition

The Physics Companion, 2nd Edition

The Electronics Companion: Devices and Circuits for Physicists and Engineers, 2nd Edition

The Chemistry Companion


"… one of the best books available for explaining many complex physics theories in a more easily understood manner."

IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine, July/August — Vol. 31, No. 4

Praise for the First Edition

"It is a straightforward and easy-to-read book with many examples that clearly illustrate many different concepts … It can really help to explain principles that often are not so easy to understand in traditional physics text…"

Electrical Insulation Magazine, September-October 2008

Table of Contents

Introduction to Materials Physics: Structure of matter. Solid state physics. Dynamic properties of solids. Dielectric Properties of Materials: Dielectric properties. Ferroelectric and piezoelectric materials. Dielectric breakdown. Applications of dielectrics. Magnetic Properties of Materials: Magnetic properties. Magnetic moment. Spontaneous magnetization. Superconductivity.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Chemistry / General
SCIENCE / Physics
SCIENCE / Solid State Physics