From Nano to Macro: Introduction to Atomistic Modeling Techniques

A model of the mechanical behavior in materials.

Model of the mechanical behavior of materials. (Image by Dr. Markus Buehler.)


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January IAP 2007



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Course Highlights

This course is offered during the Independent Activities Period (IAP), which is a special 4-week term at MIT that runs from the first week of January until the end of the month.

Course Description

The objective of this course is to introduce large-scale atomistic modeling techniques and highlight its importance for solving problems in modern engineering sciences. We demonstrate how atomistic modeling can be used to understand how materials fail under extreme loading, involving unfolding of proteins and propagation of cracks.

This course was featured in an MIT Tech Talk article.

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Buehler, Markus. 1.978 From Nano to Macro: Introduction to Atomistic Modeling Techniques, January IAP 2007. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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