Studies advanced nanoengineering via experiental lab modules with classical fluid dynamics, mechanics, thermodynamics, and materials science. Lab modules include microfluidic systems; microelectromechanical systems (MEMS); emerging nanomaterials, such as graphene and carbon nanotubes (CNTs); and nanoimaging tools. Recitation develops in-depth knowledge and understanding of physical phenomena observed in the lab through quantitative analysis. Students have the option to engage in term projects led by students taking 2.675. In person not required. Enrollment limited; preference to Course 2 and 2-OE majors and minors.
Fall 2020 Update: Optional In-Person Component - We plan to offer a hybrid version of 2.675/2.676 for the Fall 2020 semester. For students who return to campus, hands-on lab will be held in the 5-026 teaching lab with no more than six participants (including instructors) per section. For students who are away from campus, we will offer a remote learning experience, with interactive activities for every lab. Lab attendance for all is synchronous, with remote learners using Zoom to video interface with your instructors and teammates, as well as using computer-controlled instruments to participate directly in the experiments. Remote control and observation are well-suited to this course, as micro/nano scale systems rely on microscopy with computer interfaces. Our optical microscopes, SEM, and AFM are all remote-capable. Remote learners can also expect to receive a sample kit mailed to their residences for those lab experiences that do not translate well through a computer. This hybrid model is designed to be flexible. In the case that an on-campus student cannot attend in-person, they can transition to participating online. All lectures, recitations, and graduate student presentations will be conducted remotely, through Zoom. We plan for highly interactive discussions, using breakout rooms to facilitate peer interaction and foster our class community. We know that the online and in-person experience cannot be 100% equivalent, and our plan is to provide the best possible learning environment by leveraging and combining the advantages of each.
2.674: One of the first classes to offer undergraduates a hands-on experience with cutting-edge micro/nano engineering.