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Siebert Tenseven profile image
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9/10 starsTaking Now
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4 years, 8 months ago
This eight week course is divided into two "tracks". The first track is for artists and those who wish to gain a general knowledge of symmetry and how it is used. The second track is for those that wish to g... This eight week course is divided into two "tracks". The first track is for artists and those who wish to gain a general knowledge of symmetry and how it is used. The second track is for those that wish to go further to learn the applications of symmetry in crystallography and atomic bonding. I am a graphic artist so the first track was of interest to me. This is a excellent course but was rather advanced for me. There is also a lot to take in during the first four weeks including point symmetry, asymmetric tiling and chirality, 2D and 3D symmetry operations and the 17 plane groups. Most of the descriptions of these concepts use equations. There is a fairly large amount of reference content, and some of it had legibility issues during the time that I took this course. Using discussion forums, I was able to locate better copies. I think this was the second time this course was offered as a MOOC so there are still some things being improved. Overall, the first track of the course was excellent and I feel that I've learned a lot. It is quite difficult and I could see how other student were struggling during the peer reviews. It would be great to offer the first track alone as an eight week course to make the learning more manageable. I plan to view the rest of the video lectures because now I am fascinated with how symmetry works and want to learn how it applies on an atomic level.
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