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About this course
In this course, we will provide you with a basic introduction into crystallography. The focus is placed upon the symmetry elements, which occur in crystals. The arrangement of the atoms inside the crystal needs a more detailed description than the overall shape of the crystal (morphology). We want to show you how symmetry is classified in a hierarchical way. We want our students to gain the ability to discover symmetry on their own.
What will I learn?
At the end of the course you will ...
be aware of the similarities between the patterns on wallpaper and the structures of crystals.
be able to classify the innumerable appearances of crystals into the seven different crystal systems.
know how to find crystallographic data and how to analyze it regarding symmetry.
understand the description of infinite framework structures (i.e. MOFs) via a topology approach.
understand the relationship between the structure and the properties of a material. Ex.: Why is diamond so hard and the explanation of phenomena such as ferroelectricity?
What do I have to know?
Basic knowledge in chemistry (atoms, simple molecules).
- approx. 3 hours per week
Do I get a certificate?
Students participating in this course can earn the official Statement of Participation.
Requirements for receiving the Statement of Participation are to watch 80% of the lecture videos as well as complete 80% of the quizzes.