Chemistry GIR

The Institute requirement in chemistry may be satisfied by taking 3.091 Introduction to Solid-State Chemistry, or 5.111 or 5.112 Principles of Chemical Science. These three subjects are denoted as Chemistry (GIR). Subject 3.091 is designed for students who are particularly interested in the chemistry of the solid state. Subjects 5.111 and 5.112 emphasize basic chemical principles and their applications.

3.091 Introduction to Solid-State Chemistry

Basic principles of chemistry and their application to engineering systems. The relationship between electronic structure, chemical bonding, and atomic order. Characterization of atomic arrangements in crystalline and amorphous solids: metals, ceramics, semiconductors, and polymers (including proteins). Topical coverage of organic chemistry, solution chemistry, acid-base equilibria, electrochemistry, biochemistry, chemical kinetics, diffusion, and phase diagrams. Examples from industrial practice (including the environmental impact of chemical processes), from energy generation and storage (e.g., batteries and fuel cells), and from emerging technologies (e.g., photonic and biomedical devices).

At MIT, the Chemistry General Institute Requirement (GIR) is fundamental to an undergraduate education. Video: MIT Video Productions Producer/Editor: Bill Lattanzi Field Producer: Julia C. Keller, Rachel A. Kemper Cinematographers: Wesley Issac Richardson, Thomas P. White. Special thanks to Professors Matthew Shoulders and Department Head Jeffrey C. Grossman, to the Departments of Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering, and to Professor Rick Danheiser.