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2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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ME 321 - Materials Science

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
Atomic, crystal and defect structure fundamentals are studied to lay the foundation for understanding the structure-property-processing relationship. Material properties (with particular focus on mechanical properties) are described along with common test methods. (prereq: CH 201 ) (coreq: ME 207  or ME 2004 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Classify materials based on structure and bonding
  • Be familiar with common mechanical properties of materials and testing methods
  • Be familiar with the fundamental crystal structures and important crystallographic defects of various materials
  • Be familiar with the fundamentals of atomic movement in solids, including how it occurs and the mathematical models
  • Be familiar with typical properties and common engineering applications of broad categories of materials (metals, polymers, ceramics, composites)
  • Be familiar with engineering literature/resources for material property information

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Introductory Solid State Chemistry
  • Introductory Strength of Materials
  • Differential/Integral Calculus

Course Topics
  • Types of materials (metals, ceramics and polymers) and the structure-property-processing relationship (1 class)
  • Properties of materials. Sources of material property data, standards for testing. Relative property values for the major classes of materials (2 classes)
  • Mechanical and physical properties of materials (metals, ceramics and polymers) (6 classes)
  • Bonding and structure in materials (metals, ceramics and polymers), including defects and imperfections (6 classes)
  • Atomic movement (diffusion) in crystalling solids (3 classes)
  • Ceramics and ceramic-matrix composites (3 classes)
  • Polymers and polymer-matrix composites (4 classes)
  • Exams (2 classes)

Cynthia Barnicki

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