Fall 2020 - CHEM 340 D100

Materials Chemistry (3)

Class Number: 2149

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 9 – Dec 8, 2020: Tue, Thu, 8:30–10:20 a.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 19, 2020
    Sat, 7:00–10:00 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    Completion of 60 units in a science or applied science program, including first year chemistry, physics and calculus. CHEM 230 is strongly recommended.



Bonding in solid state materials. Introduction to symmetry and its applications in materials science. Structure and physical properties of solid state materials. Quantitative.


Please note, this course outline was accurate at the time of publication but is subject to change.

Mode of Instruction:
3 lecture hours/week; 1 tutorial hour/week
Lecture: Synchronous
Tutorial: Synchronous

General Course Description: Introduction to symmetry and its applications in materials science. Crystal structures. Bonding in solid state materials. Physical properties of solid state materials.

Lecture Topics:
1   Introduction
2   Symmetry, Operations & Crystal Systems
6   Basic Crystal Structures
6   Complex Structures, Metal Oxides
6   Bonding in Solids
6   X-ray Diffraction & Phase Analysis
9   Electronic, Ionic & Magnetic Properties
3   Selected Topics on Structure-Property Relations


  • Homework/Assignments 20%
  • Midterm Exam 35%
  • Final Exam (or 2nd Midterm Exam) 45%


Online Exam Invigilation: Students completing exams remotely must comply with the online invigilation procedures implemented by the course instructor.



Technology Requirements: Students are required to have a desktop or laptop computer, high-speed internet access, and a webcam and microphone (built-in or external) to participate in online courses.


Anthony R. West. Solid State Chemistry and its Applications. 2nd Edition. 2014. Publisher: Wiley.
ISBN: 9781118796177

Department Undergraduate Notes:

A grade of C- or better is required for all prerequisite courses.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).