ENGR 54 Principles of Materials Science and Engineering (2015-2016)

ENGR 54 Principles of Materials Science and Engineering

(Required for AE, ChE, ME and MSE. Selected Elective for CE and EE.)
Catalog Data:

ENGR 54 Principles of Materials Science and Engineering (Credit Units: 4) Materials-topics range from superconductors to biodegradable polymers. Structure and properties of materials, including metal, ceramics, polymers, semiconductors, composites, traditional materials. Atomic structure, bonding, defects, phase equilibria, mechanical properties, electrical, optical and magnetic properties. Brief introduction to materials processing and synthesis. Prerequisite: ENGR 1A or Chemistry 1A and Physics 7C. School of Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-1118324578.

Recommended Textbook:


Daniel R. Mumm
Relationship to Student Outcomes
This course relates to Student Outcomes: EAC a, EAC b, EAC c, EAC f, EAC k.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Apply principles from chemistry, physics, and mathematics to describe the basic phenomena that control the structure (crystalline or molecular structure, and defects such as vacancies and dislocations) and properties (strength, toughness, elastic modulus, conductivity, thermal expansion, etc.) of materials. (EAC a)

2. Understand the design limitations for metal alloys, ceramics/semiconduc-tors, and polymers and the major differences between these classes of materials. (EAC b, EAC k)

3. Understand basic materials design concepts along with professional and ethical responsibilities when selecting the material most suitable for a given application using data on materials properties. (EAC c, EAC f, EAC k)

Prerequisites by Topic

General background in Chemistry or Physics.

Lecture Topics:

Atomic Bonding, Defects in Materials, Failure of Materials, Ceramics, Composites, Defects in Materials, Electrical Behavior, Magnetic Properties, Metals and Alloys, Crystal Structures, Diffusion, Phase Diagrams and Alloys, Polymers, Mechanical Properties, Thermal Behavior, Optical Behavior

Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

PC based software CD exercises provided with book

Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component

Contributes toward the engineering topics courses.

Design Content Description
Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework: 10%
  • Quizzes: 10%
  • Midterm I: 20%
  • Midterm II: 20%
  • Final Exam: 40%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 0.0 credit units

May 15, 2015
Senate Approved:
February 10, 2015
Approved Effective:
2015 Summer