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Introduction to Solid State Chemistry

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Introduction to Solid State Chemistry is a one-semester college course on the principles of chemistry. This unique and popular course satisfies MIT's general chemistry degree requirement, with an emphasis on solid-state materials and their application to engineering systems. You'll begin with an exploration of the fundamental relationship between electronic structure, chemical bonding, and atomic order, then proceed to the chemical properties of "aggregates of molecules," including crystals,... More
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Date Added to MERLOT: August 25, 2011
Date Modified in MERLOT: March 06, 2012
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Submitter: CJ Fearnley
Keywords: periodic table, lipids, atomic models, phase diagrams, solid solutions, atomic spectra, x-ray diffraction, amino acids, aufbau principle, Born-Haber process, glass, reaction rates, band theory of solids, polymers, electron shell, diffusion, Lewis structures, quantum numbers, biochemistry, orbitals, chemistry, semiconductors, crystallography, proteins, organic chemistry


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5 years ago

CJ Fearnley (Explorer in Universe)

Outstanding pedagogy.  Excellent choice of topics.  Integrates culture with science exquisitely!  I found these elements to be of significant value in this course:  (1) chemistry that relates to the real everyday world plus the chemistry of semiconductors, crystals, and biology (we are polymers!) (2) At every opportunity Sadoway points out how chemistry can be engineered for desired properties like recyclability or price (3) Sadoway's lectures are clear and crisp (only slightly more material than I could absorb in a sitting) (4) Sadoway always brings in culture: giving human histories, tales of ethics, playing music and clips from movies: he relates the subject to the humanities (5) professionalism:  Sadoway models the values, ethics, and consideration of details that we need in future engineers or scientists.

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Time spent reviewing site: one year, watched each lecture twice