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Fundamentals of Nanoscale Science and Engineering - Spring 2004

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Posted Assignments - First Assignment

Updated Jan. 12, 2004

For the first short paper for this class, we ask you to answer following questions. They are designed to provide us with some sense of who you are and of your interests. There are no right or wrong answers here. We will use this information to help plan out aspects of the course. Before answering, you should read the first two chapters in the Ratner book, and also look over a brochure on the NSF website, “Shaping the World, Atom by Atom.” It can be found at the following URL:


Please write clearly – all written communication should be in good English prose, without misspellings and grammatical errors. (In other words, take a minute and proof read your paper before you turn it in.)

Length: 1-2 pages
Value: 5% of course grade (short paper)
Due Date: in class on January 19, 2004.

Please answer the following questions.

  1. What attracted you to this course and why you have registered for it? What do you expect to get from this course? Are there any topics you would like to see covered?

  2. What experience with nanoscale science and engineering do you bring to this class, if any?

  3. What would you suggest could be the biggest or most important consequences of the development of nanotechnology? What would you suggest cold be the greatest possible difficulties or stumbling blocks created by the development of nanotechnology?