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Introduction to Anisotropy

It is common in basic analysis to treat bulk materials as isotropic – their properties are independent of the direction in which they are measured. However the atomic scale structure can result in properties that vary with direction. This teaching and learning package (TLP) looks into typical examples of such anisotropy and gives a brief mathematical look into modelling the behaviour.

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First created: August 2004. "Going further" updated: January 2008