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How do I work throught the courses on NanoHub - U, which order be the best way to go throught the courses?


My question is basically, How do I go through the courses on NanoHub-U and what pre-requisites are required?

I'm interested in starting with the Atoms to Materials : Predictive theory and Simulations and the EC 606- Solid State Devices Course , But It would really help to get suggestion from the NanoHub Community/

 My background is a Bachelors in mechanical engineering, But I wish to pursue Material Science and Nanotechnology. I'm applying for a Material Science Masters program, And I want to be well prepared to take up this change, and be ready to start pursuing research early on in my graduate studies.

To me, It feels like most of the courses here, or atleast the field of Solid State Devices in general, is on dominated by Pure Science(Physics) Majors, and Electrical Engineers. How can I, with my mechanical engineering background, develop the skills to tackle research into material science and nano technology ? For now, I see that I would definitely require a base in Quantum Mechanics, Statistical Mechanics, and a review of freshman physics and chemistry, And my background in these subjects are poor at the moment.

My goal is to learn more about how materials are modelled, and develop or research about new materials for the industry( like the semiconductor industry), and also learn about the physics of mateirals at a nano level ( Like thermal transport at a nano scale).

How would suggest I got about the material in NanoHub-U ( and other sources that you recommend) so that I can have a very good appreciation of the field of Material Science and Nanotechnology, and can start my Graduate Program( that is  oriented more towards material science of solid state devices)



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    Tanya Faltens

    If you are interested in materials, Atoms to Materials is an excellent choice to start with.  

    The nanoHUB-U courses cover a wide range of areas and require different background knowledge.  As with much "lifelong learning" or self-paced learning, you may have to develop the approach that best suits your personal learning style.

    Something that may help is to start with a goal in mind.  Some teachers use projects to motivate learning.   In that case, completion of the project provides the goal. You may have another goal.  Rather than try to complete a series of courses, perhaps you can try to move towards your specific academic or career goal, and use that to focus your efforts in a consistent direction rather than spreading them too widely.

    When I started on Atoms to Materials, I would search through my textbooks and other online courses or other resources to fill in the gaps I encountered.  There are many resources within nanoHUB, and elsewhere online, that can help.

    I just finished watching an excellent seminar in nanoHUB that I would recommend to anyone interested in research:

    This presentation is filled with wisdom and may help put research and studies into perspective.

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