Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Beauty, Form & Function: An Exploration of Symmetry
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Beauty, Form & Function: An Exploration of Symmetry

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Tim White
Jiang Shuo

Instructors: Tim White

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15 hours to complete
3 weeks at 5 hours a week
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There are 8 modules in this course

These lectures will refresh your intuitive appreciation of symmetry in common objects and introduce the mathematical and symbolic descriptors of point symmetry.

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7 videos8 readings

Some of the most beautiful examples of symmetry appear in flowers. These lectures use flowers as exemplars of the application of point symmetry to concisely describe the presence of mirror lines and rotation points.

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6 videos

The key concepts in plane symmetry are illustrated by examining tessellations in architecture. The important concept of the asymmetric unit is also introduced. The practical importance of symmetry is illustrated through a discussion of chirality and its impact on drug design and efficacy.

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3 videos2 readings

The formal mathematical nomenclature of point symmetry is introduced, including the relationship between symmetrically linked objects.

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3 videos1 quiz2 peer reviews

Plane Groups that describe symmetry operations in 2 dimensions are illustrated using the art of Escher. The 2D Bravais Lattices that capture all tiling permutations are covered together with the difference between ‘primitive’ and ‘centred’ unit cells.

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3 videos1 reading

The 17 Plane Groups are formally introduced and their representation in the International Tables of Crystallography explained. By mastering the plane group diagrams and figures, all common tessellations can be deconstructed into their symmetric components.

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3 videos

These lectures examine the role of symmetry in Islamic architecture and history in the context of regular and irregular networks. The transition to 3D or Space Symmetry is via the five Platonic Solids. The 2D symmetry operators (rotation, reflection, glide) are expanded to include screw axes and axial glide in 3D symmetry.

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3 videos2 readings

The 3D Bravais Lattices are the basis for describing the atomic relationships found in many crystalline materials. The way in which Space Symmetry determines not only the atomic locations but also the chemical composition of crystals is explained.

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4 videos1 quiz1 peer review

Instructors

Tim White
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
2 Courses10,598 learners
Jiang Shuo
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
2 Courses10,598 learners

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