3.205 Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Materials

Fall 2006

Photo of dizzy dendrite.
Randomly dispersed foreign particles produce "dizzy dendrites," in which the tree-like branches in the crystals tend to curve and split, instead of forming the straight, symmetric patterns typical of pure crystals. This sample was grown in an 80 nanometer-thick film of two blended polymers with randomly dispersed clay particles. (Photo courtesy of the National Institute of Standards and Technology [NIST].)

Course Highlights

This course features a comprehensive set of lecture notes and companion lecture summaries for the kinetics component of the subject. The thermodynamics component has not yet been incorporated into OCW.

Course Description

This course explores materials and materials processes from the perspective of thermodynamics and kinetics. The thermodynamics aspect includes laws of thermodynamics, solution theory and equilibrium diagrams. The kinetics aspect includes diffusion, phase transformations, and the development of microstructure.

Special Features

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. Samuel Allen
Prof. Thomas Eagar

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

One session / week
1 hour / session