EECE 305 Materials Science

This undergraduate-level course will introduce fundamental chemistry and physics principles, in the format of mathematical derivations, that are critical for the understanding of materials. It aims to provide students with the fundamental concepts of how the various physical, chemical, and electrical properties of a particular material derive from its atomic, molecular, crystal, and microscopic structures. The mechanisms of material degradation and failure in different working environments, and on the other hand the strengthening through different processing techniques will also be introduced, where the concept of structure-properties relationships is emphasized.

Sample Teaching Calendar from Fall 2020:

Class Date Topics Reading* Assignments
Part 1: Basics (10 lectures + 1 worksheet)
Sept 14 Greetings and Introduction Ch 1
Sept 16 Atomic structure: Bohr’s model Ch 2
Sept 18 Electronic configuration Ch 2 HW1 due on Sept 25
Sept 21 Interatomic bonding Ch 2
Sept 23, 25 & 28 Crystallography I, II & III Ch 3 HW2 due on Sept 30
Sept 30 Defects Ch 4
Oct 2 & 5 Diffusion I & II Ch 5 HW3 due on Oct 7
Oct 7** No lecture, Worksheet #1    
Part 2: Metals and Alloys (12+1)
Oct 9, 12 & 14 Mechanical properties I, II & III Ch 6
Oct 16 Slip systems Ch 7 HW4 due on Oct 23
Oct 19 No lecture, Exam 1 (Part 1) Chs 1-5 Due on Oct 21
Oct 21 Critical resolved shear stress Ch 7
Oct 23 Fatigue and failure Ch 8
Oct 26 Phase diagram basics I Ch 9
Oct 28 Phase diagram basics II Ch 9
Oct 30 Iron-carbon system Ch 9 HW5 due on Nov 15
Nov 2 Microconstituents of Iron-carbon system Ch 9
Nov 4 & 6 Kinetics of phase transformation II & III Ch 10
Nov 9** No lecture, Worksheet #2    
Part 3: Ceramics (3+1)
Nov 11 & 13 Structures I & II Ch 12 HW6 due on Nov 29
Nov 16 Properties Ch 12, 18.16
Nov 18 Processing HW 7 due on Dec 6
Nov 20** No lecture, Worksheet #3

Q&A for Exam #2

Nov 21-23 No lecture on 11/23, Exam #2 (Part 2) Due on Nov 23
Part 4: Polymers (2+1)
Nov 25 Structures and classification of polymers Ch 14
Nov 26 to 27 Thanksgiving Holiday No classes  
Nov 30 Polymer properties: diffusion
Dec 2 Polymer properties: mechanics HW8 due on Dec 11
Dec 4** No lecture, Worksheet #4
Part 5: Contemporary Materials and Properties (2+1)
Dec 7 Electrical properties Ch 18, 21
Dec 9 Semiconductors
Dec 11** No lecture, Worksheet #5    
Dec 14 Review of the course requirements and expectations
Dec 16-18 No lecture, Exam 3 (Parts: 3, 4 & 5) Due on Dec 18

*   Reading chapters are based on the textbook Materials Science and Engineering: An Introduction (8th edition or later). William D. Callister, Jr., and David G. Rethwisch. WILEY.

** Dates for worksheet may change, depending on the progress and feedback from students.