2019 Fundamentals of Crystallography

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Nakamura Yoshio  Fujii Toshiyuki 
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Tue5-6(S8-101)  Fri5-6(S8-101)  
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Course description and aims

This course focuses on the fundamentals of crystallography. We will start from the indexing of directions and planes in lattices, the crystal systems, and the Bravais lattice. This course also covers the principles and applications of stereographic projections and their application to the cubic system.

Through lectures and exercise problems, the course enables students to understand the basic concepts of crystallography.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Understand the concept of lattice and the general rules of lattice directions and planes.
2) Acquire the ability to handle stereographic projections of the cubic system.


lattice, crystal structure, crystal systems, Miller index, interplanar distance, coordination number, packing efficiency, zone, reciprocal lattice, stenographic projection, Wulff net

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Attendance is taken in every class.
Towards the end of class, students are given exercise problems related to what is taught on that day to solve.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Lattice and crystal structure The homework must be handed in next class.
Class 2 Lattice lines and planes, Miller index
Class 3 Directions and planes of hexagonal lattice
Class 4 Interplanar distance, interplanar angle, interatomic distance
Class 5 Coordination number, packing efficiency
Class 6 Zones, zone axis and the zone law
Class 7 Achievement evaluation and general practice (1)
Class 8 Crystal symmetry
Class 9 The stereographic projection
Class 10 The Wulff net
Class 11 Trace analysis
Class 12 Standard stereographic projection of cubic crystals
Class 13 Application of stereographic projection (1)
Class 14 Application of stereographic projection (2)
Class 15 Achievement evaluation and general practice (2)


Course materials are provided during class.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

C. S. Barrett,"Structure of Metals, 2nd edition", McGraw-Hill.
A. Kelly, G. W. Groves and P. Kidd,"Crystallography and Crystal Defects, Revised Edition", John Wiley & Sons, Ltd,.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students’ course scores are based on exercise problems (20%) and midterm exams (30%) and final exams (50%).

Related courses

  • MAT.M401 : Applied Diffraction Crystallography in Metals and Alloys
  • MAT.M303 : Lattice Defects and Dislocation

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites.

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