Symmetry, Structure and Tensor Properties of Materials

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.
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Estimated 4 weeks
8–10 hours per week
Instructor-paced
Instructor-led on a course schedule

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In 3.072x: Symmetry, Structure, and Tensor Properties of Materials, you will study the underlying structures of materials and deepen your understanding of the relationship between the properties of materials and their structures. Topics include lattices, point groups, and space groups in both two and three dimensions; the use of symmetry in the tensor representation of crystal properties; and the relationship between crystalline structure and properties, including transport properties, piezoelectricity, and elasticity. Two course projects will allow students to explore their particular interests in greater depth.

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Who can register for this course?
Unfortunately, learners from Iran, Sudan and the Crimea region of Ukraine will not be able to register for this course at the present time. While edX has received a license from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer courses to learners from Iran and Sudan our license does not cover this course. Separately, EdX has applied for a license to offer courses to learners in the Crimea region of Ukraine, but we are awaiting a determination from OFAC on that application. We are deeply sorry the U.S. government has determined that we have to block these learners, and we are working diligently to rectify this situation as soon as possible.

At a glance

  • Institution: MITx
  • Subject: Engineering
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Prerequisites:
    • Introductory chemistry and physics
    • A basic understanding of matrix algebra
  • Language: English

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