Introduction to Solid State Chemistry

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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 to...

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). 

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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 2 months ago
This is really a great course. Most of lectures begin with some historical context of the theme, then Professor Cima develop the concepts and finish with some practical application. It is amazing! The lecture notes are quite useful and well designed. The videos were produced during regular MIT lectures and you can realize the daily routine of an MIT student. Do it!
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3 years, 5 months ago
Fascinating class, brilliant professor, extremely enlightening and inspiring. Professor Cima approaches the class from the perspective of an inventor, emphasizing that mastery of the properties of materials enables people to engineer problems away. The professor's excellent "screencast" tutorials add depth, and video field trips add perspective. Professor Cima, his TA, and several excellent classmates were active on the discussion boards and willing to help out when people encountered difficulties.
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3 years, 6 months ago
I have found the course to be very interesting and very well presented. I have really enjoyed Professor Cima's lectures. I had studied some of these topics before and thought that this would be a refresher, but I am certain that during this course I understood much of the content for the first time. The system suits me perfectly. Being able to pause the lecture and repeat some, or all, of it, is ideal. I guess I am a little slow on the uptake and I needed to put in more than the recommended time. But as with most things, you get out what you put in.
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8/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 7 months ago
The course is fascinating. It made me think in another way. Professor Cima is always online resolving doubts and comments. I had to work hard. It isn't easy but it's worth it.
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8/10 starsDropped
3 years, 8 months ago
This course is just awful, but the subject is fascinating. I found a much better version of the course at the OCW taught by Professor Sadoway, who brings enthusiasm and imagination to the subject. It's with the audio visual courses, 3.091SC. The edX version is not so hot. You can see the poor MIT students on the edge of consciousness, as the instructor muddles though the slow century of each confused lecture. The exercises are just wrong.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 9 months ago
There is a lot in this course. I'm taking it again because it really does a great job in connecting the basic properties of the elements to real-life phenomena like conductivity, tensile strength, surface tension, etc. I do think a knowledge of 1st year chemistry at the high-school level where atomic orbitals are introduced would help - but this Prof. Cima does go over this. The course is fast paced to "cover the ground" so keeping up with the lectures and problem sets is ESSENTIAL. It's really fascinating stuff and well-taught
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4 years, 3 months ago
It is one of the best MOOC that i have taken, it is like a live course, almost as if you were in an MIT classroom and professor Cima is an excelent teacher and storyteller. Thank you Professor
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9/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 5 months ago
Everything was great. I just would like to ask again to review my score and to get my certificate.
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8/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 9 months ago
I expected a review of basic chemsitry from a solid state perspective. I got the review, which was more interesting than I had remembered. The emphasis on solid state was a little less than I had expected. The problems sets got too much given my other commitments, so I switched to simply watchiung the lectures and reviewing the reading.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 11 months ago
good course i would like This is really a great course. Most of lectures begin with some historical context of the theme, then Profess
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 2 months ago
I took Solid State Chemistry 3.091x alongside with Classical Mechanics 8.01x in the fall of 2013. I did find it quite challenging taking the 2 courses together-both are quite rigorous (as has been said), but organizing your study time effectively and taking care not to fall behind I found it quite reasonable to complete and earn certificates in both classes. Professor Cima is a great teacher-his passion for the subject is readily apparent from day one. I definitely advise any taking the course to read the material assigned each week before getting into the lectures (the book materials AND the lecture notes)-it will make it much easier to grasp the concepts covered by the professor. I have found much use for what I learned in this class-not only in 8.01x that I took at the same time, but also in the Electricity and Magnetism class and the Astrophysics classes I have taken since. The math can get a bit heady at times-so do yourself a f... I took Solid State Chemistry 3.091x alongside with Classical Mechanics 8.01x in the fall of 2013. I did find it quite challenging taking the 2 courses together-both are quite rigorous (as has been said), but organizing your study time effectively and taking care not to fall behind I found it quite reasonable to complete and earn certificates in both classes. Professor Cima is a great teacher-his passion for the subject is readily apparent from day one. I definitely advise any taking the course to read the material assigned each week before getting into the lectures (the book materials AND the lecture notes)-it will make it much easier to grasp the concepts covered by the professor. I have found much use for what I learned in this class-not only in 8.01x that I took at the same time, but also in the Electricity and Magnetism class and the Astrophysics classes I have taken since. The math can get a bit heady at times-so do yourself a favor and review anything you are rusty on- especially exponentials and natural logs-you will use MANY equations involving them. Best of Luck!
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5 years, 1 month ago
I enrolled this because I have an interest in Chemistry. I usually watch the videos late at night; that's my only free time for MOOCs. I found it difficult to listen to the professor's voice. For me, it was a lullaby. I enrolled this simultaneously with 8.01x Classical Mechanics. I had a hectic schedule so I can't take two rigorous courses at the same time. Only one is already difficult for me to pursue it completely. As the time have passed, the materials were getting difficult so I had to drop this because I love Physics more than Chemistry.
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4 years, 9 months ago
Excellent course, but difficult and time consuming. Require around or more than 8-12hours/week for good understanding of the subjects. Just to listen to the video lectures are not sufficient, and without reading the course material may cause difficultes in the exams. If you just listening the video lectures you can pass the homeworks and the exams, but the final exam is more difficult and require to know the fine details what are in the reading materials. You need to read course materials also.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 1 month ago
Prof. Cima shows you Chemistry from an interesting angle,in a very clear way. midterms and finals are challenging! earning my certificate felt really good. Try, you will have fun!
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9/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 1 month ago
I took this course when it was offered around august/septermber of 2013, while I was taking this course I was also starting my undergrad in chemistry so things were in good sync. anyhow, there's a lot of physics involved and you get acquainted with quantum mechanics right from the start though the mathematical treatment of it isn't nearly as rigorous as you would find in a proper qm course. All in all, the course is a lot like a standard undergrad chem course except the extra physics lets you explore concepts in a lot more depth, which gives it an edge and is what sets it apart from other courses - that's really the best thing about it. intro to solid state chem is very well structured and concise, it covered a lot of my undergrad topics and to be perfectly honest at one point I was using it as a substitute for my lectures. I'm really pleased I did that actually; I learned a lot of great interesting chem concepts and would definetly ... I took this course when it was offered around august/septermber of 2013, while I was taking this course I was also starting my undergrad in chemistry so things were in good sync. anyhow, there's a lot of physics involved and you get acquainted with quantum mechanics right from the start though the mathematical treatment of it isn't nearly as rigorous as you would find in a proper qm course. All in all, the course is a lot like a standard undergrad chem course except the extra physics lets you explore concepts in a lot more depth, which gives it an edge and is what sets it apart from other courses - that's really the best thing about it. intro to solid state chem is very well structured and concise, it covered a lot of my undergrad topics and to be perfectly honest at one point I was using it as a substitute for my lectures. I'm really pleased I did that actually; I learned a lot of great interesting chem concepts and would definetly recommend it. If you like chemistry have somewhat of a fluency in maths(just mostly algebra) and are interested in learning more physics, take it.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 2 months ago
Prerequisites for this course are probably higher than stated in the presentation page :) be prepared to face the study of solids up to the quantum level. If you never have studied before solid state, this course is really a must do, it's demanding, but it opens up a marvelous world. Additionally, you will learn all the sweet science of chocolate :)
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5 years, 2 months ago
Prerequisites for this course are probably higher than stated in the presentation page :) be prepared to face the study of solids up to the quantum level. If you never have studied before solid state, this course is really a must do, it's demanding, but it opens up a marvelous world. Additionally, you will learn all the sweet science of chocolate :)
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8/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 2 months ago
This course is great but I think the professor must hire staff assistants to organize the materials better. I enrolled this one simultaneously with 8.01x. Since the rigor to both courses is pretty demanding, I was not able to commit to both of them. I have to drop this in order to concentrate on 8.01x. I wished I could re-enroll this in the future. But now that this is being offered again simultaneously with 2.01x, I cannot commit to this again because I would like to prefer 2.01x.
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5/10 starsDropped
5 years, 11 months ago
The course would have been better if the lectures corresponded more with the quizzes and exams. There was a lot of reading involved so the lectures were not very "self-contained". Also, the platform needs a lot of improvement to make it feel less bulky. The required book they provide on the Edx site is a shrunken image that was much too huge to begin with. This destroyed the anti- aliasing of the text making it difficult on the eyes. Since I had to read the book anyways I opted just to do that from the books original website and not to bother with the class since it didn't seem to have a lot to offer beyond what the book encompassed.
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6 years ago
Prof. Cima has done an amazing job translating 3.091 to the eDX platform. The course made me realize the nature of molecular bonding and the physical properties of everyday materials. The course is very challenging, but Prof. Cima does a great job of sensing when the "dumb questions" need to be re- addressed. You can also sense the passion and work that Prof. Cima has done in the field. This captures the best of good teachers and top researchers. The cons are very minor. Most of the lectures are filmed classes and there are small distractions such as MIT students coming late to class. Some of the 3-d concepts are better explained with youTube videos or other 3-d computer programs, rather than a chalkboard. You should learn how to combine the various chemistry educational resources available.
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6 years, 1 month ago
It is a classic MIT class, a must have certificate for those who want to be apprentice and well educated for dealing seriously with solid chemistry engineering. The syllabus is so well structured, every quiz works as a real solution to solve problems you find in a real laboratory. Selective chemistry principals, blended with practical examples integrating the video lectures so well. The real value for this class is that after you have completed this course you realize that you have earned much much more for an introductory level. Professor M. Cima, has kept the density of the content in such a high level. Perhaps some demanded presentations for the content of the class might be able to perform even better if some of them were made in a more multimedia format. (Rotational molecular structures, augmented capabilities for crystal structures for examples)
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