This class was tough.
The material study's the effects of materials at different temperatures, the effects of alloying elements on physical and mechanical properties. You will study the micro and macro-structures or metals and learn about ceramics and polymers and how and why these materials behave in different ways. It goes into material applications in real world situations and sometimes it is mentioned why materials are no longer used or even why they failed in service. You will need to have a pretty good chemistry background for this course.
We learned A LOT of material and covered it quickly. Learned a lot of valuable information about materials and things to keep in mind when engineering products. But there was also a lot of useless information that a simple mechanical engineer would never use. Though you will learn a lot of interesting information. We learned how to select materials for different service applications. We learned different methods for choosing materials using material information such as density, cost, and strength. Your will learn how, why and what materials should or could be used in high temperature, high wear, vibration, and high strength applications ( and much more). You will learn a lot of useful information that can be used toward engineering. By you will also learn a lot of information the pertains more towards material science and materials engineering rather than mechanical engineering.
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Advice for students:
Go to the professors office hours, study the problems at the end of each section in the text. Read and prepare for the lab before lab, think about your question before you ask. Try to take a different professor for the lab if possible. Read the text book if you have time because a lot of small details are used as questions in the quizzes and exams. Remember tables and graphs and be able to use or interpret information from either. Spend a lot of time on this course because it is required for a passing grade. Lab reports are not a joke. All reports or papers the professor expects to be publishable documents. Make sure you format per his requirements and logically present your material.