Materials science lies at the foundation of today’s world. Most technological advances rely on new materials, such as carbon fibres for aircraft wings, novel semiconductors for self-driving car sensors, or highperformance insulators in ski-wear. This course discusses the properties of materials that engineers need to be aware of. This includes mechanical, thermal, electrical, chemical and optical properties. All these properties are controlled by the microscopic structure of these materials, and this course will cover the quantum mechanics, atomic physics and thermodynamics that control what materials can do. The course will focus on the structure and properties of crystalline materials, and on how these properties can be manipulated to create more capable materials.
This course is a requirement for all Engineering students but will also be of interest to physics and chemistry students.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Describe the mechanical, electrical, thermal and optical properties of materials;
- Analyse the importance of material properties for a wide variety of engineering situations;
- Evaluate and select suitable materials for different practical applications;
- Recall typical values of the properties of common practical materials;
- Understand the micro-physics and chemistry responsible for material properties, and analyse how they can be modified.
- Weekly assignments (50) [LO 1,2,3,5]
- Final examination (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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WorkloadOne 3 hour workshop per week. Optional drop-in session. 6-7 hours per week of homework.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
Physics to year 12 or physics bridging course. Maths to the level of at least year 12 Maths Methods or equivalent.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|3540||24 Feb 2020||02 Mar 2020||08 May 2020||05 Jun 2020||In Person||N/A|