TFE4172 - Basics for Solid State Electronics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral exam 100/100 1 hours C

Course content

This course offers an introduction to key topics within solid state physics required to describe modern solid state electronics from a materials perspective. The following topics will be discussed: introduction to quantum mechanics, chemical bonds in solids, introduction to crystallography, energy band structures in crystals.

Learning outcome


The student has insight in:

  • classical waves and the wave equation.
  • basic concepts of quantum mechanics.
  • basic mechanisms behind chemical bonds in crystalline materials.
  • most important crystal structures and basic crystallography.
  • what a reciprocal lattice is and how it is used.
  • important models explaining energy band structure in solids.
  • the concepts: band gap, Fermi level, Fermi-Dirac distribution, density of states.


The student can:

  • describe harmonic waves mathematically.
  • use quantum mechanical formalism to solve simple one-dimensional problems.
  • make use of the reciprocal lattice as a tool for analysis of crystalline materials.

General expertise:

The student can:

  • solve project assignments through collaboration in a group.
  • acquire new knowledge by collecting information from available online sources.
  • build understanding of abstract concepts where practical experience is lacking.

Learning methods and activities

The course is largely based on project-based learning and combines classroom teaching, video lectures and project work in groups. The project work takes place in cooperative learning areas under close guidance from the professor as well as teaching assistants.

The project work is compulsory (attendance 80%) and all project reports must be approved before the exam. 6 to 7 project assignments will be given.

Compulsory assignments

  • Project works

Further on evaluation

Re-sit/re-take examinations will narmally be held in August.

Course materials

Fundamentals of Solid State Engineering (Third edition or later), M.Razeghi

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Electronics
  • Electrical Power Engineering
  • Solid State Physics
  • Physical Electronics
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Electronic Systems


Examination arrangement: Oral exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Oral exam 100/100 C
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Oral exam 100/100 C
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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