CBEMS 50L Principles of Materials Science and Engineering (2012-2013)

CBEMS 50L Principles of Materials Science and Engineering

(Required for MSE.)
Catalog Data:

CBEMS 50L Principles of Materials Science and Engineering (Credit Units: 2) Introduction to the experimental techniques to characterize the properties of engineering materials. Emphasis on understanding the influence of microstructure on elastic, plastic, and fracture behavior. Topics include microstructure characterization, heat treatment, grain size effect, precipitation hardening, and impact loading. Corequisite: ENGR54. (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-1932780062.

Recommended Textbook:
  • Barrett, Craig R., Nix, William D., and Tetelman, Alan S., The Principles of Engineering Materials, Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1973.
  • Van Vlack, Lawrence H. Elements of Materials Science and Engineering, 6th Edition, Addison-Wesley, Reading, MA, 1989.
  • Ghandi,S.K. VLSI Fabrication Principles, John Wiley & Sons: New York, 1994
Farghalli A. Mohamed
Relationship to Student Outcomes
This course relates to Student Outcomes: EAC a, EAC b, EAC d, EAC f, EAC g, EAC i.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering in preparing (a) preparing samples for microstructural and electrical analysis, (b) X-ray diffraction analysis, (c) calculating the effect of material and micro-structure on mechanical properties, (d) conducting tension tests, (e) using statistical considerations to obtain plots and analyze data. (EAC a)

2. Design and conduct experiments, and analyze and interpret data appropriately in the selection and design of advanced material systems. (EAC b)

3. Function on multidisciplinary teams. (EAC d)

4. Write scientific reports and make presentations regarding scientific and engineering principles. (EAC g)

5. Understand and deal with issues of professional and ethical responsibility in performing tests and reporting results. (EAC f)

6. Understand the need for life-long learning in order to remain effective as a scientist or engineer. (EAC i)

Prerequisites by Topic

General Background in Materials Science and Engineering

Lecture Topics:


Class Schedule:

Meets for 4 hours of laboratory each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Computer usage is required for data analysis.

Laboratory Projects:
  • X-ray diffraction
  • Tensile testing: metals and polymers
  • Cold working and statistical study of hardness
  • Strength of composites: dental resins (ground glass, zirconia, fiberglass, nylon rope)
  • Resistivity versus temperature of metals and semiconductors
  • semiconductor pn junctions (fabricate and characterize)
  • Projects involves planning and designing experiments to examine properties of materials
  • Term paper and presentation dealing with modern techniques to characterize materials
Professional Component

This course is designed to contribute to the students’ knowledge of experimental techniques that are used to characterize the properties of engineering material. Emphasis is placed on communication and working in teams.

Design Content Description


Lectures: 0%
Laboratory Portion: 0%
Grading Criteria:
  • Laboratory exercises and reports: 65%
  • Project 15%
  • Term paper and presentation 20%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 1.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 1.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 0.0 credit units

October 1, 2014
Senate Approved:
January 2, 2008
Approved Effective:
2008 Fall Qtr