Prerequisite: Materials Science & Engineering I

As anyone who has baked food knows, success requires the right ingredients in the right amounts (composition), mixing those ingredients in a certain order and baking to the right temperature for the right amount of time (processing), to achieve the desired taste and feel (properties). Making a material for use in any commercial product or work of art requires the same attention to composition and processing to achieve the molecular structure necessary to yield the desired material properties. In this course, students will learn about the composition and processing of metal alloys, ceramics (glass, clay, cement), polymers (plastics), and composites (combinations of material types), the resultant molecular-level structure these achieve, and the resultant material properties of each. Student assessment will include describing the composition, processing, and properties of each type of material, design-oriented assessment in which students choose a composition and processing method for a desired application, and hands-on testing of materials with varied composition or processing.