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Introduction to Solid State Chemistry

Photo of a vial containing three colored liquids in distinct layers.

This vial containing three immiscible liquids – that is, liquids that cannot be mixed – demonstrates how the chemical components of a liquid metal battery can self-assemble. When the vial is shaken, the liquids separate after a few seconds. (Photo by Lee Moshurchak, courtesy of Donald Sadoway.)

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Prof. Donald Sadoway

Course Description

Introduction to Solid State Chemistry is a first-year single-semester college course on the principles of chemistry. This unique and popular course satisfies MIT's general chemistry degree requirement, with an emphasis on solid-state materials and their application to engineering systems.

Course Highlights

This course has been designed for independent study. It provides everything you will need to understand the concepts covered in the course. The materials include:

  • A complete set of Lecture Videos by Prof. Sadoway.
  • Detailed Course Notes for most video sessions, plus readings assignments in several suggested textbooks.
  • Homework problems with solution keys, to further develop your understanding.
  • For Further Study collections of links to supplemental online content.
  • Self-Assessment pages containing quiz and exam problems to assess your mastery, and Help Session Videos in which teaching assistants take you step-by-step through exam problem solutions.
  • An Online Study Group at OpenStudy, where you can connect with other independent learners.

About OCW Scholar

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