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MIT – Introduction to Solid State Chemistry

This course explores the basic principles of chemistry and their application to engineering systems. It deals with the relationship between electronic structure, chemical bonding, and atomic order. It also investigates the characterization of atomic arrangements in crystalline and amorphous solids: metals, ceramics, semiconductors, and polymers (including proteins). Topics covered include organic chemistry, solution chemistry, acid-base equilibria, electrochemistry, biochemistry, chemical kinetics, diffusion, and phase diagrams. Examples are drawn from industrial practice (including the environmental impact of chemical processes), from energy generation and storage, e.g., batteries and fuel cells, and from emerging technologies, e.g., photonic and biomedical devices.

Lecture 1: Vision Statement, Administrative Details
Lecture 2: Classification Schemes for the Elements
Lecture 3: Rutherford Model of the Atom, Bohr Model of Hydrogen
Lecture 4: Atomic Spectra of Hydrogen
Lecture 5: The Shell Model and Multi-electron Atoms
Lecture 6: De Broglie, Heisenberg, and Schrödinger
Lecture 7: Octet Stability by Electron Transfer: Ionic Bonding
Lecture 8: Born-Haber Cycle
Lecture 9: Electronegativity, Partial Charge, Polar Bonds and Polar Molecules
Lecture 10: LCAO MO, Energy Level Diagrams for H2, He2, Li2
Lecture 11: The Shapes of Molecules, Electron Domain Theory
Lecture 12: Secondary Bonding, Metallic Bonding
Lecture 13: Metallic Bonding, Band Theory of Solids, Absorption Edge of Semiconductors
Lecture 14: Intrinsic and Extrinsic Semiconductors, Doping, Compound Semiconductors
Lecture 15: Introduction to the Solid State
Lecture 16: Cubic Crystals, Miller Indices, Characterization of Atomic Structure
Lecture 17: The Generation of X-rays, Moseley’s Law, X-ray Spectra
Lecture 18: Bragg’s Law, X-ray Diffraction, Crystal Symmetry
Lecture 19: Crystal Defects: Point Defects, Line Defects
Lecture 20: Crystal Defects: Interfacial Defects, Voids, Amorphous Solids, Glass Formation
Lecture 21: Properties of Inorganic Glasses, Engineered Glasses
Lecture 22: Chemical Kinetics
Lecture 23: Diffusion
Lecture 24: Fick’s Second Law (FSL) and Transient-state Diffusion
Lecture 25: Solutions
Lecture 26: Acids and Bases
Lecture 27: Organic Chemistry
Lecture 28: Organic Glasses – Polymers
Lecture 29: Structure-property Relationships in Polymers, Crystalline Polymers
Lecture 30: Biochemistry
Lecture 31: Protein Structure
Lecture 32: Lipids
Lecture 33: Phase Diagrams – Basic Definitions
Lecture 34: Two-component Phase Diagrams
Lecture 35: Wrap-up


Documentary which looks at how developments in mathematics over the past 40 years have completely changed our understanding of the fundamental nature of the world we live in.

As we approach tipping points in both the economy and the climate, the film examines the mathematics we have been reluctant to face up to and asks if, even now, we would rather bury our heads in the sand rather than face harsh truths.

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Discovering Psychology is a PBS documentary on psychology presented by Philip Zimbardo, for which he received the Carl Sagan Award for Public Understanding of Science.

Watch the full documentary online (26 parts, each 25 minutes long)

1. Past, Present, and Promise
2. Understanding Research
3. The Behaving Brain
4. The Responsive Brain
5. The Developing Child
6. Language Development
7. Sensation and Perception
8. Learning
9. Remembering and Forgetting
10. Cognitive Processes
11. Judgment and Decision Making
12. Motivation and Emotion
13. The Mind Awake and Asleep
14. The Mind Hidden and Divided
15. The Self
16. Testing and Intelligence
17. Sex and Gender
18. Maturing and Aging
19. The Power of the Situation
20. Constructing Social Reality
21. Psychopathology
22. Psychotherapy
23. Health, Mind, and Behavior
24. Applying Psychology in Life
25. Cognitive Neuroscience
26. Cultural Psychology

(episode 21. Psychopathology)

“Simon Schama’s Power of Art” (2006)

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Power of Art is a BBC documentary series written and presented by Simon Schama. Each of the eight, one hour episodes examines the biography of an artist and a key work.

1. Caravaggio – David with the Head of Goliath
2. Bernini – Ecstasy of Saint Theresa
3. Rembrandt – The Conspiracy of Claudius Civilis
4. David – The Death of Marat
5. Turner – The Slave Ship
6. Van Gogh – Wheatfield with Crows
7. Picasso – Guernica
8. Rothko – Black on Maroon

Power of Art was published in book form by BBC Books in 2006 and released on DVD in June 2007.
International Emmy Winner – Simon Schama’s Power of Art

Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive is a 2006 two-part television documentary directed by Ross Wilson and featuring British actor and comedian Stephen Fry. It explores the effects of living with bipolar disorder, based on the experiences of Fry, other celebrities and members of the public with, or affected by, the disorder. It won an Emmy Award for Best Documentary at the 35th International Emmys in 2007.

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Course Description

There is one thing I can be sure of: I am going to die. But what am I to make of that fact? This course will examine a number of issues that arise once we begin to reflect on our mortality. The possibility that death may not actually be the end is considered. Are we, in some sense, immortal? Would immortality be desirable? Also a clearer notion of what it is to die is examined. What does it mean to say that a person has died? What kind of fact is that? And, finally, different attitudes to death are evaluated. Is death an evil? How? Why? Is suicide morally permissible? Is it rational? How should the knowledge that I am going to die affect the way I live my life?

Course Index

1. Philosophy of Death
2. The Nature of Persons: Dualism vs. Physicalism
3. Arguments for the Existence of the Soul, Part I
4. Introduction to Plato’s Phaedo; Arguments for the Existence of the Soul, Part II
5. Arguments for the Existence of the Soul, Part III
6. Arguments for the Existence of the Soul, Part IV; Plato, Part I
7. Plato, Part II: Arguments for the Immortality of the Soul
8. Plato, Part III: Arguments for the Immortality of the Soul (cont.)
9. Plato, Part IV: Arguments for the Immortality of the Soul (cont.)
10. Personal Identity, Part I: Identity Across Space and Time and the Soul Theory
11. Personal Identity, Part II: The Body Theory and the Personality Theory
12. Personal Identity, Part III: Objections to the Personality Theory
13. Personal identity, Part IV; What matters?
14. What Matters (cont.); The Nature of Death, Part I
15. The Nature of Death (cont.); Believing You Will Die
16. Dying Alone; The Badness of Death, Part I
17. The Badness of Death, Part II: The Deprivation Account
18. The Badness of Death, Part III; Immortality, Part I
19. Immortality Part II; The Value of Life, Part I
20. The Value of Life, Part II; Other Bad Aspects of Death, Part I
21. Other Bad Aspects of Death, Part II
22. Fear of Death
23. How to Live Given the Certainty of Death
24. Suicide, Part I: The Rationality of Suicide
25. Suicide, Part II: Deciding Under Uncertainty
26. Suicide, Part III: The Morality of Suicide and Course Conclusion

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Course Index
1. Introduction to Psychology
2. Foundations: This is Your Brain
3. Sigmund Freud
4. Foundations: Skinner
5. What Is It Like to Be a Baby: The Development of Thought
6. How Do We Communicate?: Language in the Brain, Mouth and the Hands
7. Conscious of the Present; Conscious of the Past: Language (cont.); Vision and Memory
8. Conscious of the Present; Conscious of the Past: Vision and Memory (cont.)
9. Evolution, Emotion, and Reason: Love (Guest Lecture by Professor Peter Salovey)
10. Evolution, Emotion, and Reason: Evolution and Rationality
11. Evolution, Emotion, and Reason: Emotions, Part I
12. Evolution, Emotion, and Reason: Emotions, Part II
13. Why Are People Different?: Differences
14. Psychology, Sex, and Evolution
15. A Person in the World of People: Morality
16. A Person in the World of People: Self and Other, Part I
17. A Person in the World of People: Self and Other, Part II
18. What Happens When Things Go Wrong: Mental Illness, Part I
19. What Happens When Things Go Wrong: Mental Illness, Part II
20. The Good Life: Happiness