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Materials Engineering Fundamentals


Credit Hours:


Learning Objective:

Understand the fundamental basis for materials phenomena in terms of the hierarchy of structures (e.g., atomic, molecular, crystal, grain) and their relations to properties responses and processing. Develop a foundation for advanced studies in materials engineering and related fields.


Fundamental relationships between the internal structure, properties and processing in all classes of engineering materials. Comprehensive coverage spanning physical, chemical, thermal, mechanical, electrical, magnetic, and optical responses. The course is intended for materials researchers from all backgrounds, as well as engineers working in product design, development and manufacturing who seek a deeper understanding of the full spectrum of engineering materials.
Spring 2019 Syllabus

Topics Covered:

  1. Bonding and crystal structure
  2. Non-crystalline and molecular structure
  3. Intrinsic properties
  4. Microstructure and microstructure dependent properties
  5. Phase equilibrium and phase diagrams
  6. Kinetics and phase transformations
  7. Reactivity and chemical properties
  8. Thermal properties
  9. Mechanical properties (elastic)
  10. Mechanical properties (plastic and time-dependent)
  11. Electronic structure and properties
  12. Electronic transport properties
  13. Dielectric properties
  14. Magnetic properties
  15. Optical properties


Graduate standing.

Applied / Theory:

50 / 50

Web Address:

Web Content:

Syllabus, Homework assignments and solutions.
Blackboard is available to registered students only and will open just before the start of the semester.


Weekly assignments, but not graded.




There will be two midterm exams (30%) and one comprehensive final exam (40%)


Official textbook information is now listed in the Schedule of Classes. NOTE: Textbook information is subject to be changed at any time at the discretion of the faculty member. If you have questions or concerns please contact the academic department.
The required text is: Materials Science and Engineering, An Introduction, 8th edition, by William D. Callister Jr. ISBN: 9780470419977
9th and 10th additions of textbook are also okay, but homework numbers will be different between these editions and the 8th edition.

Computer Requirements:

ProEd Minimum Computer Requirements.

ProEd Minimum Requirements:


Tuition & Fees: