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In this course, we will explore what makes things in the world the way they are and why, to understand the science and consider the engineering.

We learn not only why the physical world behaves the way it does, but also how to think with chemical intuition, which can’t be gained simply by observing the macroscopic world.

This 2018 version of 3.091 by Jeffrey Grossman and the 2010 OCW version by Don Sadoway cover similar topics and both provide complete learning materials. This 2018 version also includes Jeffrey Grossman’s innovative Goodie Bags, Why This Matters, and CHEMATLAS content, as well as additional practice problems, quizzes, and exams.

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction Unlimited
  • The Periodic Table Unlimited
  • Atomic Models Unlimited
  • Atomic Spectra Unlimited
  • Shell Models and Quantum Numbers Unlimited
  • Electron Shell Model, Quantum Numbers, and PES Unlimited
  • Aufbau Principle and Atomic Orbitals Unlimited
  • Ionization Energy and Potential Energy Surface (PES) Unlimited
  • Lewis Structures I Unlimited
  • Lewis Structures II Unlimited
  • Shapes of Molecules and VSEPR Unlimited
  • Molecular Orbitals Unlimited
  • Hybridization Unlimited
  • Intermolecular Forces Unlimited
  • Bonus Lecture 1: Phases Unlimited
  • Semiconductors Unlimited
  • Doping Unlimited
  • Metals Unlimited
  • Introduction to Crystallography Unlimited
  • Crystallographic Notation Unlimited
  • X-ray Emission and Absorption Unlimited
  • X-ray Diffraction Techniques I Unlimited
  • X-ray Diffraction Techniques II Unlimited
  • Point and Line Defects I Unlimited
  • Point and Line Defects II Unlimited
  • Introduction to Glassy Solids Unlimited
  • Engineering Glass Properties Unlimited
  • Reaction Rates Unlimited
  • Introduction to Aqueous Solutions Unlimited
  • Acids and Bases I Unlimited
  • Acids and Bases II Unlimited
  • Exam Review Unlimited
  • Polymers I Unlimited
  • Bonus Lecture 2: The Chemistry of Batteries Unlimited
  • Polymers II Unlimited
  • Introduction to Organic Chemistry Unlimited
  • Diffusion I Unlimited
  • Diffusion II Unlimited

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