This is an upper-level undergraduate engineering course that explores the structure and symmetry of materials and the profound effect that structure has on physical properties of materials.
This course covers the derivation of symmetry theory; lattices, point groups, space groups, and their properties; use of symmetry in tensor representation of crystal properties, including anisotropy and representation surfaces; and applications to piezoelectricity and elasticity.
Bernhardt Wuensch. 3.60 Symmetry, Structure, and Tensor Properties of Materials, Fall 2005. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), http://ocw.mit.edu
(Accessed 31 Jan, 2015). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA
Course Introduction Video
Crystal structure of the cuprate compound Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ or Bi2212, showing the copper (purple)–oxygen (black) layer responsible for superconductivity. (Image courtesy of Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory.)
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