April 16, 2021
April 16, 2021
April 17, 2021
Workshops and Posters
We incorporated and improved computational modules across the undergraduate curriculum for several years, hence, students have experience with computational skills in molecular dynamics, density functional theory, and thermodynamics. In Fall of 2019, visualization components were added to our MSE182 freshman course, to assist in understanding materials’ three-dimensional structures early in the curriculum. As the use of materials databases has surged, in Fall of 2020 we also integrated the current module with a materials database to make students more comfortable with it. Students are supposed to find materials in the database and download corresponding crystallographic files, which are then interfaced with the visualization program, to analyze their structure and symmetry. Students are also asked to compare the visualization result with experimental results. To evaluate the outcome of these modifications, a detailed survey was executed, and the answers about utilization and satisfaction were collected. The majority of students felt comfortable to use the materials database and are interested in using it in future courses. Student responses will be used to improve the current implementation of the module.
Kang, K., & Goodman, M. D., & Krogstad, J. A., & Trinkle, D. R., & Huang, P. Y., & Schleife, A. (2021, April), Integration of materials visualization with a materials database in a Materials Science and Engineering freshman course Paper presented at 2021 Illinois-Indiana Regional Conference, Virtual. 10.18260/1-2--38269
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