Some Educational Websites of Interest

Semiconductors

  • http://www.nobel.se/announcement/2000  Nobel Prize 2000: provides an excellent ‘potted history’ of transistors through to modern ULSI and high frequency devices.  Excellent resource
  • http://physicstoday.org/vol-53/iss-1/p38.html  US journal Physics Today, article "Physics and the Information Revolution" Jan 2000, explains how vacuum tubes were superseded by transistors, limits to computation and the future. 
  • http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/hframe.html  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
  • http://www.pbs.org/transistor/  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.
  • http://britneyspears.ac/lasers.htm  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.
  • http://home.nycap.rr.com/useless/xerox/xerox.html  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. 

Superconductors


 

Books


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, microfabrication. 
  • 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 presented non-technically.


2. Solid State Physics - usually covering both semiconductors and superconductivity

  • 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 levitated trains.


Undergraduate Stage 1 texts, good reference sources for the HSC:

  • 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


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