Below, Professor Jeffrey Grossman describes various aspects of how he teaches 3.091 Introduction to Solid-State Chemistry.
- Interview: “Why this Matters” Moments
- Interview: The Value of Hands-On Learning
- Interview: Goodie Bags
Learn More! In the following video from MIT’s Festival of Learning in 2018, Professor Grossman discusses his use of goodie bags and real-life applications in teaching:
Hands-on Chemistry Learning in 3.091 from the 2018 Festival of Learning
Watch the video excerpt of Professor Grossman’s introductory speech to the students:
Video excerpt of Professor Grossman’s closing remarks to the students in the final lecture:
- 3.091 can be applied toward a Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering, but is not required.
The students’ grades were based on the following activities:
- 25% Quizzes
- 15% Exam 1
- 15% Exam 2
- 15% Exam 3
- 30% Final exam
455 (enrollment increasing in recent years).
Breakdown by Year
Primarily first-year students.
Breakdown by Major
Various majors, particularly in engineering, science, and health-related fields.
Typical Student Background
Most first-year students at MIT will have had one year of high-school-level chemistry.
How Student Time Was Spent
During an average week, students were expected to spend 12 hours on the course, divided as follows:
Met 3 times per week for 1 hour per session; 39 sessions total; mandatory attendance.
Recitations, led by graduate or advanced undergraduate teaching assistants, met 2 times per week for 1 hour per session; in these sessions, students reviewed concepts from the lectures and took regular quizzes.
Out of Class
Outside of class, students completed hands-on homework activities (ungraded) and prepared for quizzes and exams.