3.20 Materials at Equilibrium (SMA 5111)

Fall 2003

Short range order of Ni and Mn in Li(Ni0.5Mn0.5)O2.
Short range order of Ni and Mn in Li(Ni0.5Mn0.5)O2, a compound used for rechargeable Li batteries.  (Image courtesy of Gerbrand Ceder.)

Course Highlights

This course includes a full set of recitation notesassignments with solutions, and three years worth of sample exams.

» Watch a video introduction featuring the course instructor.
(RM - 56K) (RM - 80K) (RM - 220K)

Course Description

Material covered in this course includes the following topics:
  • Laws of thermodynamics: general formulation and applications to mechanical, electromagnetic and electrochemical systems, solutions, and phase diagrams
  • Computation of phase diagrams
  • Statistical thermodynamics and relation between microscopic and macroscopic properties, including ensembles, gases, crystal lattices, phase transitions
  • Applications to phase stability and properties of mixtures
  • Computational modeling
  • Interfaces

This course was also taught as part of the Singapore-MIT Alliance (SMA) programme as course number SMA 5111 (Materials at Equilibrium).

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Prof. Gerbrand Ceder
Dr. Anton Van der Ven

Course Meeting Times

Three sessions / week
Two sessions:
1.5 hours / session
One session:
1 hour / session

One session / week
1 hour / session