1.978 From Nano to Macro

January (IAP) 2006

A model of mechanical behavior in materials.
Model of the mechanical behavior of materials. (Image by Dr. Markus Buehler.)

Course Highlights

This course features a full set of lecture notes, as well as the main assignment from the course. This course is offered during the Independent Activities Period (IAP), which is a special 4-week term at MIT that runs from the first week of January until the end of the month.

Course Description

The objective is to introduce large-scale atomistic modeling techniques and motivate its importance for solving problems in modern engineering sciences. We demonstrate how atomistic modeling can be successfully applied to understand how materials fail under extreme loading, emphasizing on the competition between ductile and brittle materials failure. We will demonstrate the techniques in describing failure of a copper nano-crystal.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this section: .mov, .mpg.

Donate Now


Dr. Markus Buehler

Course Meeting Times

Five sessions for 4 weeks
1.5 hours / session