Arnold S Berger
B CUSP 116
Addresses an important social issue through an interdisciplinary perspective; builds creative and critical skills of writing, analysis, and quantitative reasoning; and explores, through scientific methods, one aspect of the natural world. Offered: W.
This course is about the materials that shape the world around us and the way that society is influenced by these materials. We will examine both the societal impacts and the underlying science that explains why the materials behave the in the way that they do.
As noted in the introduction to your textbook, Understanding the history of materials means understanding the history of mankind and civilization.
Student learning goals
Students will learn the fundamental principals that govern the behavior of materials
Students will reinforce their knowledge of basic algebraic and trigonometric methods solving real-world problems
Students will gain an understanding of the role of engineering materials in shaping the world.
General method of instruction
Course material will be delivered by the following methods: o Lecture o Multimedia o Lab exercises o Student-led discussions and exercises
Successful completion of the following High School courses are necessary: o Algebra o Trigonometry o Geometry o Chemistry o Physics is desirable but not necessary
Class assignments and grading
Assignments will consists of the following elements: o Problem sets o Reading o Project research
See the course web site for a complete description of the grading criteria.