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Midterm Exam - 20%
Midterm Exam - 20%
Final Exam - 30%
Quizes and Homework - 30%
1. To teach students the elementary relationships between structure, properties, processing and performance of materials that are essential for understanding the role of materials in the design of engineering systems. 2. To introduce students to the various classes of materials (metals, ceramics, polymers, semiconductors, composites) and their fundamental chemical and structural nature 3. To illustrate application of thermodynamics (through phase diagrams) and kinetics (through diffusion) to the design of materials and their properties. 4. To introduce students to the functional properties of materials and the roles of microstructure, defects and environment play in typical engineering applications.
This course focuses on the fundamentals of structure, energetics, and bonding that underpin materials science. It is the introductory lecture class for sophomore students in Materials Science and Engineering to create a unified introduction to the subject. Topics include: relating macroscopic behavior to atomistic and molecular models of materials; the role of bonding in determining the energy, structure, and stability of materials; mechanical descriptions of interacting electrons and atoms; materials phenomena, such as phase transformations; symmetry properties of molecules and solids; structure of complex, disordered, and amorphous materials; tensors and constraints on physical properties imposed by symmetry. Real-world applications include engineered alloys, electronic and magnetic materials, ionic and network solids, polymers, and biomaterials.
Upon succesful completion of this course, a student will be able to
1. look at materials of different sorts as structures on the atomic level, on the microscopic level and on the macroscopic level.
2. understand why atoms, ions and/or molecules assemble into particular crystal structures.
3. understand how certain structures dictate certain properties.
4. understand how engineering materials are selected for different applications.
5. identify appropriate materials based on required physical and chemical properties.