Prerequisite: Physics II or consent of the instructor

Everything is built using materials, and the properties of those materials are critical to their function: cell phone screens that don't crack, car hoods that crumple, plastic bags that don't break, and more. Students will learn about the structures and properties of the four major classes of materials: ceramics, metals, polymers, and composites. Tests will assess students' ability to describe those structures, predict properties, and analyze data. In hands-on activities, students will measure and analyze properties including density, strength, elastic modulus, fracture, and creep.