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Introduction to solid state Chemistry - Lecture 1 - Donald R. Sadoway

Introduction to solid state Chemistry

This lecture is an introduction to the class. 

Professor Sadoway begins with important information about the course objectives, organization, and expectations, and proceeds to introduce the subject of solid state chemistry. 3.091 integrates thorough coverage of the principles of chemistry with various applications to engineering systems. The thesis of 3.091 is that electronic structure holds the key to understanding the world around us.

The lecture continues with a survey of the historical foundations of chemistry:

  • The origins of chemistry in ancient Egypt and Greece
  • The development of increasingly refined classification schemes (taxonomy and nomenclature) throughout the 18th and 19th centuries
  • The evolution of atomic theory
  • The origins and development of the periodic table of elements
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