Educational Websites of Interest
US journal Physics Today, article "Physics and the Information
Revolution" Jan 2000, explains how vacuum tubes were superseded
by transistors, limits to computation and the future.
Georgia State University, interactive physics course.
Covers all syllabus topics to a level beyond HSC requirement
? useful resource for teachers: diagrams (which can be
simplified where necessary), ‘logical flow’ of topics
and data. Excellent resource
very nice website from American Physical Society covering
the physics and history of the transistor. This also contains
a teacher’s guide, and 4 lessons on teaching aspects of
the topic, aimed at middle/high school.
Britney Spears’ Semiconductor Physics web pages!
Introductory pages on basic semiconductor properties (crystal
structure, doping etc) is quite good and may get students
interested; much of the content is too advanced though.
sites giving qualitative information on how photocopiers
work. The last of these (Useless Information site) is
entertaining and gives information about other scientific
and technological matters.
1. Semiconductors - few monographs on semiconductors
at HSC level. The most useful source books are aimed at
first year undergraduate courses of broader scope that include
topics on semiconductors.
- Physics for Computer
Science Students With Emphasis on Atomic and Semiconductor
Physics, Narciso Garcia and Arthur Damask, Springer-Verlag,
ISBN 0-387-97656-6. This is a 1st/2nd Year undergraduate
text but has information on semiconductors at a level
useful to teachers on the HSC Stage 6.
- Semiconductor Devices,
Physics and Technology, S.M. Sze, Wiley, ISBN 0-471-87424-8.
This is a more advanced text (actually a ‘classic’ book
in the field), technical, but a useful resource for teachers
needing more advanced information on transistors, ICs,
- The Physics of Semiconductor
Devices, D.A. Fraser, Oxford Physics Series, ISBN
0-19-851860-1. Relatively inexpensive paperback, directed
at engineering students but some useful physics of semiconductors
2. Solid State Physics - usually covering both semiconductors
- Introduction to Solid State
Physics, C. Kittel, pub. Wiley, ISBN 0-471-874-4. This
is a 3rd/4th Year u/g text but is a classic book and contains
much useful data/graphical information.
- Waves, Atoms and Solid,
D.A. Davies, Pub. Longman Scientific and Technical, ISBN
0-582-44174-9. Excellent book aimed at 1st/2nd Yr u/g.
May now be out of print but libraries should have it.
Good on solids/semiconductors but no superconductivity.
3. Other Books relevant to this syllabus section
- How Things Work, The
Physics of Everyday Life, Louis A. Bloomfield, Pub.
Wiley, ISBN 0-471-59473-3. This book has better (than
web) account of how photocopiers work, also several other
applications of physics including good section on magnetically
Undergraduate Stage 1 texts, good reference sources for
- University Physics,
Ronald L. Reese, Pub. Brooks/Cole, ISBN 0-534-36961-8,
- Physics, Eugene
Hecht, Pub. Brooks/Cole, ISBN 0-534-36270-2.
- Physics for Engineers
and Scientists, Paul A. Tipler, Pub. Freeman-Worth
(Macmillan), ISBN 1-57259-673-2