Faculty Advisor

Burnham, Nancy A.

Abstract

Atomic force microscopy is a crucial part of nanoscience. Despite the simplicity of its design, a simple cantilever with a sharp tip, learning and teaching AFM can be difficult. Five levels of AFM education were identified from existing education infrastructure: demonstrations, single or several laboratories within another course, term or semester based courses devoted to AFM, personalized hands-on instruction, and short courses. Information was gathered from a survey as well as interviews given to figures in AFM education. Advice, general practices, and a list of resources were compiled into a website, presentation, and this report. These are intended to become a resource to help educators approach and design their own AFM educational experience.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

November 2015

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Physics

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