Commission on Crystallographic Teaching
The Teaching Pamphlets sponsored by the Commission on Crystallographic Teaching are now in their Third Series, and provide tutorials introducing different aspects of symmetry, diffraction techniques, structural science and crystallography. First published as print pamphlets in 1981 in association with University College Cardiff Press, they are now freely available on the Web for the use of instructors and individuals.
Series Preface (1981)The long term aim of the Commission on Crystallographic Teaching in establishing this pamphlet programme is to produce a large collection of short statements each dealing with a specific topic at a specific level. The emphasis is on a particular teaching approach and there may well, in time, be pamphlets giving alternative teaching approaches to the same topic. It is not the function of the Commission to decide on the 'best' approach but to make all available so that teachers can make their own selection. Similarly, in due course, we hope that the same topics will be covered at more than one level.
The first set of ten pamphlets, published in 1981, and this second set of nine represent a sample of the various levels and approaches and it is hoped that they will stimulate many more people to contribute to this scheme. It does not take very long to write a short pamphlet, but its value to someone teaching a topic for the first time can be very great.
Each pamphlet is prefaced by a statement of aims, level, necessary background, etc.
C. A. Taylor
Editor for the Commission