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Online Course

Introduction to Solid State Chemistry

Massachusetts Institute of Technology via edX

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Found in Chemistry
  • Provider edX
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
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  • Language English
  • Effort 11-13 hours a week
  • Duration 15 weeks long
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Overview

This first-year University chemistry course explores the basic principles of the chemical bond by studying the properties of solids. Properties such as stiffness, electrical conductivity, thermal expansion, strength, and optical properties are the vehicle by which you can learn a great deal of practical chemistry.

You will see how experts use their knowledge of trends in the periodic table to predict the properties of materials. 3.091x is an engineering course so there is an emphasis on applications and how materials are used. The on-campus version of the course has been taught for over forty years and is one of the largest classes at MIT.

This course will cover the relationship between electronic structure, chemical bonding, and atomic order, and characterization of atomic arrangements in crystalline and amorphous solids: metals, ceramics, semiconductors, and polymers (including proteins). There will be topical coverage of organic chemistry, solution chemistry, acid-base equilibria, electrochemistry, biochemistry, chemical kinetics, diffusion, and phase diagrams. Examples will be drawn from industrial practice (including the environmental impact of chemical processes), from energy generation and storage (e.g., batteries and fuel cells), and from emerging technologies (e.g., photonic and biomedical devices).

Taught by

Michael Cima

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Mikhail T
Mikhail completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.
Great course for chemists or materials scientists. The course starts from an atom model and then builds upon this knowledge to create models of molecules as well as solid bodies.

Prof. Cima made great lectures and screencasts. The course has a great free ebook which follows the course's content. In fact every week has reading assignments which I believe are not required to finish the course, however, I extremely benefited from the readings.

Course homeworks as well as exams are challenging. Students are expected not only to plug in some numbers into the given equations, but more deep insights into the problems are required to complete the course tasks.

I definitely recommend the course for anybody interested in chemistry, materials science or any other related field. It's a great starting point!
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