Metric Tensor and Symmetry Operations in Crystallography
Istituto di Mineralogia, Università di Torino, Italy
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To use the ideas of vector and matrix calculus to introduce the concepts of
symmetry operations and symmetry elements and to derive the crystallographic
point groups on this basis.
This is a fairly high-level course which would be most appropriate to the
later years of undergraduate study or to the early years of postgraduate
research. It could be helpful in relating crystallography to other
disciplines such as physical chemistry and physics provided that the
mathematical background of the students is high enough.
A familiarity with vector manipulation is needed and, for certain sections,
an understanding of tensor calculus.
No particular practical resources are required.
Time Required for Teaching
This is a meaty course and could well occupy 7-10 hours of teaching and
discussion for full assimilation.
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