This page lists the homework problems suggested to accompany each lecture session. These problems are not graded, but students are strongly encouraged to work through them.

The problems and solutions are in the course textbook:

Balluffi, R. W., S. M. Allen, and W. C. Carter. Kinetics of Materials. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, 2005. ISBN: 9780471246893.

L1 Introduction: Fields and Gradients; Fluxes; Continuity Equation 1.1-1.4
L2 Irreversible Thermodynamics 2.1-2.4
L3 Driving Forces and Fluxes for Diffusion; Self-Diffusion and Interdiffusion See the end of lecture summary for SES #L3 ( PDF)
L4 Interdiffusion; Effects of Electrical Potential, Capillarity, and Stress on Diffusion Potential 3.1-3.8, 3.10
L5 Effects of Capillarity and Stress on Diffusion 3.8
L6 The Diffusion Equation 5.5
L7 Solutions to the Diffusion Equation - I 4.1-4.8
L8 Solutions to the Diffusion Equation - II 5.1-5.1
L9 Solutions to the Diffusion Equation - III 5.10-5.13
L10 Activated Jump Processes 7.1, 7.3-7.6
L11 Diffusion Resulting from Discrete Jumps 7.3-7.6
L12 Diffusion in Crystals 8.1-8.8
L13 Atomic Models for Diffusivities - I 8.12-8.15
L14 Atomic Models for Diffusivities - II 8.15-8.19
L15 Short-Circuit Diffusion in Crystals 9.1-9.5
L16 Diffusion in Noncrystalline Materials None
L17 Surface Evolution Due to Capillary Forces 14.1-14.3
L18 Particle Coarsening 15.1-15.2
L19 Grain Growth 15.3-15.4
L20 Diverse Short Topics: Anisotropic Surfaces, Diffusional Creep, and Sintering 14.4
L21 General Features of Phase Transformations None
L22 Spinodal Decomposition and Continuous Ordering 18.2-4
L23 Spinodal Decomposition Kinetics 18.2-4
L24 Nucleation 19.1-3
L25 Heterogeneous Nucleation 19.7-9
L26 Diffusional Growth 20.2, 20.4
L27 Morphological Stability of Moving Interfaces 20.8
L28 Kinetics of Nucleation and Growth Transformations 21.1-2

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