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This set of ranking tasks is designed to help the learner work with and understand some of the features of common structures: planar densities, atomic densities, atomic packing factor and coordination numbers of different planes and unit cells.
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Tanya Faltens created this material when she taught Materials Science and Engineering courses at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She is currently at Purdue University, where she is the Educational Content Creation Manager for the Network for Computational Nanotechnology.
Inspired by a workshop on Ranking Tasks by Shane Brown at the ASEE Zone IV Conference in Reno, NV, in 2010.
Researchers should cite this work as follows:
Tanya Faltens (2012), "Unit Cell Ranking Tasks," https://nanohub.org/resources/15427.