Atomistic Computer Modeling of Materials OpenCourseWare: An MIT Graduate Level Free Online Course

Published Jan 15, 2009

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'Atomistic Computer Modeling of Materials' OpenCourseWare employs the application and theory of atom-level computer simulations to predict, understand and model real materials' properties. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston offers this course to the public. The information is targeted to beginning graduate students and would be useful for engineers pursuing a master's degree or a deeper understanding of materials science or a related branch of engineering.

Atomistic Computer Modeling of Materials: Course Specifics

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Atomistic Computer Modeling of Materials: Course Description

The 'Atomistic Computer Modeling of Materials' OpenCourseWare, written and taught by MIT professors Gerbrand Ceder and Nicola Marzari, is offered to graduate students within the school's Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Professor Ceder is the R.P. Simmons Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Professor Marzari is an Associate Professor in Computational Materials Science at MIT. Topics studied include energy models (classical potentials to first-principles methods), accuracy and errors of quantitative predictions, sampling (Monte Carlo), phrase and free energy transitions and transport and fluctuations properties. Labs support resources and solutions related to classical force fields, Monte Carlo, molecular dynamics and electronic-structure approaches simulations. The format of the course is lectures and labs.

Resources in 'Atomistic Computer Modeling of Materials' OpenCourseWare available for download include 20 lectures (some with annotated slides) and five labs plus related resources (some have answers) all in .pdf format and 19 lecture videos playable on RealOne Player software. There is also a list of recommended texts. The course also offers Quantum-Espresso GNU Open Source simulation software (quantum mechanical). To get started on this course, visit the material science and engineering course page.

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