PRINCE GEORGE'S COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Department of Physical Science and Engineering
Engineering Program
Welcome to Materials Science!
EGR 230 Materials Science for Engineers and Scientists
Reference No. 4265
Spring 2008

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Scott D. Johnson, Associate Professor, Engineering Coordinator, Physical Sciences and Engineering

OFFICE: HT-229R

OTHER LOCATIONS : CH-100 (Department) and Cyber Cafe

PHONE NUMBERS: 301-386-7536 (Office) or 301-322-0420 (Department Main Line)

E-MAIL ADDRESS : sdjohnson@pgcc.edu

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ENGINEERING PROGRAM'S WEB PAGE: http://academic.pgcc.edu/~sjohnson/engineering.html

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OFFICE HOURS: MW 7:15-9:15pm; TTh 2:30-3:30pm, by appointment all other times

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Introduces the foundations of the chemistry and physics of materials used in engineering applications. Develops the relationship between the atomic and molecular structure of materials and the macroscopic properties and performance of engineering material. In particular includes thorough discussion of the chemical and physical properties of metals, ceramics, polymers, semiconductors, superconductors, and nanomaterials.

PREREQUISITES:

CHM 102 Complete

EGR 101 Complete or permission of instructor for scientists with sufficient breadth

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Upon successful completion of the course a student will be able to

  1. Explain crystalline structure and how they affect the properties of solids especially with regard to strengthening, fatigue, and failure.

  2. Explain experimental procedures to determine material characterization.

  3. Differentiate among the properties and structures of metals, special alloys (such as biometals), thermoplastics, ceramics, special composite materials, semiconductors, nanomaterials, glasses, and superconductors.

  4. Perform analysis crucial in the design of structures in engineering problems using relationships derived from the structural properties of the engineering material.

  5. Predict the behavior of materials using phase diagrams (binary, ternary).

  6. Demonstrate the ability to self-teach oneself material at the foundational level by summarizing reading material not discussed during this course.

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS:

Foundations of Materials Science and Engineering 4th Edition.  Smith, William F. and Hashemi, Javad.  McGraw-Hill (2006).
Self Assembly: The Science of Things That Put Themselves Together 1st Edition.  Pelesko, John A.  CRC Press (2007).

RECOMMENDED BOOKS:

Pocket Book for Technical Writing for Engineers and Scientists 3rd Edition .  Finkelstein, Leo.  McGraw-Hill (2007).
Nanotechnology DeMystified.   Williams, Linda and Adams, Wade.  McGraw-Hill (2007).
MATLAB DeMystified.   McMahon, David.  McGraw-Hill (2007).

OTHER REQUIRED COURSE MATERIALS:

  1. 3 three-hole binders 1" or larger for the handouts on material not covered in the required textbook to be distributed in class throughout the semester. Folders are not acceptable.

  2. Bound Laboratory book. Pages are to remain in the book and are NEVER to be torn out.

  3. Pens, Pencils, Eraser, Straight edge, Paper, and Calculator are required for every class.

OUTSIDE CLASS REQUIREMENTS:

As with any class an amount of time at least equivalent to two times the credit hours is expected to be performed for homework and labs. Please allot sufficient time for homework.

Homework will be assigned each week including the first week.

GRADING CRITERIA:

Evaluation of student performance is to be based on:

  1. Unannounced quizzes and assigned homework will account for approximately 25% of the semester grade. Homework consists of problem sets.

  2. Two (mid-term and final) comprehensive in-class test on materials science will account for approximately 25% of the semester grade each.

  3. A multi-page essay on an aspect of materials science will account for approximately 25% of the semester grade. This essay is to be an original work. No sharing of work.

HOW ASSIGNMENTS ARE TO BE SUBMITTED

  1. Homework is due at the start of class (or before) except for in-class projects.

  2. Laboratory work is to be submitted in appropriate binders follow any standard laboratory format (this will be reviewed in class).

  3. Make-up homework, quizzes, and/or tests are up to the discretion of the teacher (excused absences only). No makeup will be possible for laboratory work, sufficient time should be available to recover if an absence is necessary.

COURSE OUTLINE

New topics are to be covered each week and include but are not limited to the following subjects. This outline is subject to change.

Week 1 Introduction to materials science

Week 2 Atomic Structure and Bonding

Week 3 Crystal and Amorphous Structure in Materials

Week 4 Solidification and Crystalline Imperfections

Week 5 Thermally Activated Processes and Diffusion in Solids

Week 6 Mechanical Properties of Metals (Stress, Strain, Deformation)

Week 7 Mechanical Properties of Metals (Fracture and Fatigue)

Week 8 Phase Diagrams

Week 9 Engineering Alloys

Week 10 Polymeric Materials

Week 11 Ceramics

Week 12 Composite Materials

Week 13 Electrical Properties of Materials(+Nanoelectronics)

Week 14 Nanotechnology

Week 15 Optical Properties and Superconductive Materials

Reading assignments are as follows: Read a chapter or two a week for both books.

Quizzes will all be unannounced so be prepared.

Tests will be announced a week before and will depend on our progress in the classroom.

CLASSROOM POLICIES

  1. Food and drink in limited quantities (snacks, not meals) are permitted in restricted areas (not near electronics or computers) and will be revoked if proper cleanliness is found wanting.

  2. Cell phones must be in vibrate mode and are only to be answered for emergencies (step outside please).

  3. Common courtesy is to apply at all times.

IMPORTANT DATES

Last day to apply for spring graduation

Friday, February 15

President's Day. COLLEGE CLOSED

Monday, February 18

Midterm - middle of semester; class will speed up

Thursday, March 27

Spring break. COLLEGE CLOSED for the week.

Monday-Sunday, March 17 to March 23

Last day to withdraw from full-semester classes

Friday, April 18

Last Day of regular classes for the Spring Semester

Wednesday, May 7

Final exam

Thursday, May 8

LAB INFORMATION

Lab is in class HT-305 or at Howard University either during class or before or after class.

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