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Introduction to Materials Science
/ GEOS 234
Materials Science is the study of how the microscopic structure of materials–whether steel, carbon fiber, glass, wood, plastic, or mayonnaise–determines their macroscopic mechanical, thermal, electric, and other properties. Topics of this course include classifying materials; material structure; thermodynamics and phase transformations; material properties and testing; how solids bend, flow, and ultimately break; and how to choose the right material for design applications. Materials Science is a highly interdisciplinary field and as a result the course prerequisites are broad but also flexible. Interested students who are unsure about their preparation are strongly encouraged to contact the instructor.
Format: lecture; lecture (3 hours per week) plus three to four small-group laboratory sessions throughout the semester (to be scheduled with instructor)
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
weekly problem sets, class participation, and midterm and final exams, all of which have a substantial quantitative component
high school physics and chemistry, preferably at the AP level, and MATH 140 or AP Calculus (BC), and one 200-level PHYS, CHEM, or GEOS course; or permission of instructor
based on students' scientific background and seniority
This course does not count toward the Geosciences major.
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit: