# Introduction to the Calculation of Structure Factors

**S. C. Wallwork**

**University of Nottingham, England**

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Introduction to the Calculation of Structure Factors

## Teaching Aims

To help students with some basic qualitative knowledge of X-ray
diffraction and crystal structure determination to put this knowledge on a
quantitative basis.
### Level

This approach would be suitable for undergraduate students in most
science subjects who need to understand how some of the basic calculations
in X-ray diffraction may be done.
### Background

A general qualitative introduction to X-ray diffraction is assumed.
Some familiarity with the representation of waves as projections of
circular motion and with complex numbers is assumed.
### Practical Resources

No specific practical resources are required but the availability of detailed
information about structures on which practice calculations could be
made would be an advantage.
### Time Required for Teaching

Depending on the previous acquaintance of the students with X-ray
diffraction this course could occupy anything from 1 to 5 lectures.

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