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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 3.016 (Fall 2005) 
  • Course Title:
  • Mathematics for Materials Scientists and Engineers 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Materials Science and Engineering 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. W. Craig Carter 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 3.016 Mathematics for Materials Scientists and Engineers

    Fall 2005

    Course Highlights

    This course features complete lecture notes with accompanying Mathematica® notebooks, and a full set of assignments.

    Course Description

    This course covers the mathematical techniques necessary for understanding of materials science and engineering topics such as energetics, materials structure and symmetry, materials response to applied fields, mechanics and physics of solids and soft materials. The class uses examples from the materials science and engineering core courses (3.012 and 3.014) to introduce mathematical concepts and materials-related problem solving skills. Topics include linear algebra and orthonormal basis, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, quadratic forms, tensor operations, symmetry operations, calculus of several variables, introduction to complex analysis, ordinary and partial differential equations, theory of distributions, and fourier analysis.

    Users may find additional or updated materials at Professor Carter's 3.016 course Web site.

    Technical Requirements

    Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .nb, .dat, and .zip.

    The MathML version of the Mathematica® lecture notes requires the Internet Explorer 6 browser or above with the MathPlayer plug-in, or the Netscape® 7.x / Mozilla® 1.0 browsers.


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