SES # Key
L = Lecture
Rb = Recitation: Structure and Bonding
Rt = Recitation: Thermodynamics
Lab = 3.014 Lab Week
Instructor for Structure and Bonding: Prof. Nicola Marzari
Instructor for Thermodynamics: Prof. Darrell Irvine
Ses #  Structure and Bonding TOPICS  Thermodynamics TOPICS  Key Dates 

Orientation: Research and Careers in Materials Science and Engineering  
L1  Classical or Quantum: Electrons as Waves, Wave Mechanics  Fundamental Concepts  Problem set 1 out 
L2  Schrödinger’s Equation and Discrete Energy States of a Confined Electron  Fundamental Concepts (cont.)  
Rt1  Recitation  
L3  Free Electrons, Electrons in a Metal, and the Scanning Tunneling Microscope  First Law of Thermodynamics  
Rb1  Recitation  
L4  Curiosity Killed the Cat: General Principles of Quantum Mechanics  Temperature, Heat, and Entropy  
Rt2  Recitation  
L5  The Hydrogen Atom  Heat Storage and Release in Phase Transitions 
Problem set 1 due
Problem set 2 out 
Rb2  Recitation  
L6  The Hydrogen Atom (cont.)  Examples of Work Important in Materials Science and Engineering: Polarization, Magnetic, Chemical  
Labs 1  3.014 Lab Week 1  Problem set 2 due  
L7  Alphabet Soup: The Periodic Table  Thermal Properties of Materials; Fundamental Equations  Problem set 3 out 
Rt3  Recitation  
L8  The Periodic Table (cont.)  Fundamental Equations (cont.); Equilibrium and the Second Law  
Rb3  Recitation  
L9  The Variational Principle; Application to Hydrogen Atom  Free Energy; Applying the Second Law in Laboratory Conditions  
Rt4  Recitation  
Exam 1  
Rb4  Recitation  
L10  Molecules from Atoms: Energy Minimization, Hybridization of Atomic Orbitals  Chemical Potentials and the Gibbs Free Energy  
L11  Bonding in Molecules: Hartree and HartreeFock Equations, Symmetries, Bond Order  Models of the Chemical Potential  Problem set 4 out 
Rt5  Recitation  
L12  Polymers Part 1: Diagonalization on a Basis, Huckel Model  Chemical Reaction Equilibria  
Rb5  Recitation  
L13  Quantum Oscillation  Electrochemical Equilibria  
Labs 2  3.014 Lab Week 2 
Problem set 3 due
Problem set 4 due 

L14  Point Groups and Bravais Lattices  Batteries; Thermodynamic Stability  Problem set 5 out 
Rt6  Recitation  
L15  Symmetry Operations  Phase Changes and Phase Diagrams of SingleComponent Materials  
Rb6  Recitation  
L16  Structure of Solids  SingleComponent Phase Diagrams (cont.); Thermodynamics of Solutions  
L17  Xray Diffraction  Free Energy of Multiphase Solutions at Equilibrium  
Rt7  Recitation  
L18  Xrays at Work: Laue Condition, Ewald Construction, Bragg’s Law, Powder Diffraction  Binary Phase Diagrams: Miscibility Gaps and Eutectics  Problem set 5 due 
Rb7  Recitation  
Exam 2  
Labs 3  3.014 Lab Week 3  
L19  From Diffraction to Structure  Binary Phase Diagrams (cont.)  
L20  Symmetries and Tensors  Spinodals and Binodals; Continuous Phase Transitions; Introduction to Statistical Mechanics  Problem set 6 out 
Rt8  Recitation  
L21  Noncrystalline Materials  Connecting Events at the Atomic/Molecular Level to Macroscopic Thermodynamic Behavior: Two Postulates of Statistical Mechanics; Microscopic Definition of Entropy  
L22  Polymers Part 2  Connecting Events at the Atomic/Molecular Level to Macroscopic Thermodynamic Behavior (cont.): The Boltzman Factor and Partition Function; Thermal Behavior of the Einstein Solid  
L23  Glasses  Lattice Models of Materials; Modeling Polymer Solutions  
Rb8  Recitation  
L24  Liquid Crystals  FloryHuggins Theory  
Labs 4  3.014 Lab Week 4  Problem set 6 due  
Rt9  Recitation: Final Review  
Rb9  Recitation: Final Review  
Final Exam 