29 Jun 2015

Teaching and Learning Package Library from University of Cambridge

Web Resources and Apps

Submitted by Vanessa McCaffrey, Albion College

This is a resource that has short, animated tutorials on a variety of different topics. Most of the topics are materials science and/or engineering topics but there are several that would be of interest to chemistry students. (A full list of topics is given below.)

I have used "An Introduction to Semiconductors", "Crystallography" and "Lattice Planes and Miller Indices" in my classes. These were used as reading assignments and didn't have formal assessments associated with them, mostly because I found them too late to get anything together! Assessments and homework assignments associated with these tutorials are being developed and will be posted. 

Chemistry topics include:

Atomic Force Microscopy
Crystallinity in Polymers
Diffraction and Imaging
Fuel Cells
The Glass Transition in Polymers
Lattice Planes and Miller Indices
Liquid Crystals
The Nernst Equation and Pourbaix Diagrams
Optical Microscopy
Polymer Basics
Raman Spectroscopy
Introduction To Semiconductors
Transmission Electron Microscopy
X-ray Diffraction Techniques

More Engineering topics (any mistakes in sorting are my own!):

Analysis of Deformation Processes
Introduction To Anisotropy
Atomic Scale Structure of Materials
Avoidance of Crystallization in Biological Systems
Bending and Torsion of Beams
Brillouin Zones
Brittle Fracture
Creep Deformation of Metals
Crystallographic Texture
Deformation of Honeycombs and Foams
Introduction To Deformation Processes
Dielectric Materials
Introduction To Dislocations
Elasticity in Biological Materials
Ellingham Diagrams
Epitaxial Growth
Examination of a Manufactured Article
Ferroelectric Materials
Ferromagnetic Materials
Indexing Electron Diffraction Patterns
The Jominy End Quench Test
Kinetics of Aqueous Corrosion
Materials for Nuclear Power Generation
Introduction To Mechanical Testing
Mechanics of Fibre-reinforced Composites
Microstructural Examination
Optimisation of Materials Properties in Living Systems
Phase Diagrams and Solidification
Introduction To Photoelasticity
Piezoelectric Materials
Pyroelectric Materials
Reciprocal Space
Recycling of Metals
Slip in Single Crystals
Solid Solutions
Solidification of Alloys
Standalone Simulations
The Stereographic Projection
The Stiffness of Rubber
Stress Analysis and Mohr's Circle
The Structure and Mechanical Behaviour of Wood
Structure of Bone and Implant Materials
Superelasticity and Shape Memory Alloys
Introduction to thermal and electrical conductivity
Thermal Expansion and the Bi-material Strip


Learning Goals: 

After working through one or more of the tutorials, students should be able to:

- well, it depends on the tutorial. The nice thing about these is that under the "Aims" tab, each tutorial has a very specific list of Learning Goals.

- Gain an appreciation for the techniques and concepts in materials science and chemistry!

Related activities: 
Implementation Notes: 

I have used several of the tutorials in my class as reading assignments. We generally come back to class the next day and work through each of the slides in order. I have usually left out any of the quantitative slides, focusing mostly on the qualitative concepts.

Once the questions are answered, we move as a class to the Questions tab. As a class, we then work through as many of the problems as we can in the "Questions" setion.

I haven't done much more than that with my classes, but plan on developing HW sets or exam questions to make sure that students are taking something from the tutorials. 

Time Required: 
30 - 50 minutes per tutorial
Evaluation Methods: 

I required students to come to class with written questions about the material. This is graded as credit/no credit. If they don't have any questions, they are then required to answer the class questions. This usually encourages complete participation.


Evaluation Results: 

Student reported in the end of semester evaluations that they liked the online tutorials better than the book, especially with the semiconductor section.

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