PS 189.3: Topics in Materials Physics Series III

Course Number and Title: PS 189.3 (Topics in Materials Physics III)
Date Revised: Nov. 9, 2010
Number of Units: 3
Prerequisite: None

Course Description: 
This is the first of a 2-part laboratory course that aims to reinforce concepts in materials science and engineering through experimentation and testing in the laboratory, and this will be supplemented by a lecture/discussion session on each experiment or exercise. Discussions will include structure-property relationships and principles behind the testing and measurement of physical and mechanical properties of different materials. Selected experiments include ionic bonding and crystal structure, equilibrium phase diagrams, kinetics of crystallization, growth structures, defects, fracture mechanics, mechanical properties of metals and composites, characterization of polymers, and thermo-mechanical analysis of materials. The laboratory will also introduce students to techniques in the testing of materials including optical microscopy, thermal analysis using differential scanning calorimetry, thermogravimetric analysis, dynamic mechanical analysis, molecular weight characterization by gel permeation chromatography, infrared spectrometry, and others.

Laboratory Manual to be provided by the Physics Department.

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