Lectures, field trips, and laboratory sessions directed toward the nature, potentials, and limitations of a variety of materials (wood, metal, plastics, inorganic cementing materials, minerals, rocks, and clay) and the processes involved with their production, fabrication, and system compatibility.
This course is intended to give an introduction to the behavior of materials and their observed properties in the environment. It takes the fundamental division of materials into their specific chemical bonding characteristics as a way of understanding the differences that are observed in the actual use of these materials and their interaction with each other.
A series of weekly lectures on the basic structure and chemistry of materials, the means by which they are processed, the tools used in their fabrication and the deterioration processes that are associated with their use in the environment, is the foundation of the course. In addition there are weekly lab sessions where the exploration of the actual processes associated with the fabrication and use is done "hands on". This involves such activities as welding, plasma arc cutting, mixing of concrete and others.
This course instills an understanding of why materials behave in their particular way, to understand the practices that result and to begin to evaluate the interaction that results in their actual use. This course provides a give a knowledge base to be able to understand new materials and future materials, in light of their potentials and limitations, as well as understanding "classic" materials and the development of their use.
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