MATSE 81
Materials in Today's World

Reading Assignment

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Things to consider...

When you read this chapter, use the following questions to guide your reading and always remember to keep the learning objectives listed on the overview page in mind.

  • What are the materials' properties that determine materials applicability?
  • What are the differences between material science scientists and engineers?
  • What are the differences between metals, ceramics, and polymers?
  • Does ‘best of both worlds’ apply to composites?
  • Which of the materials classifications (metal, ceramics, polymers, composites, semiconductors, smart materials, biomaterials, and nanomaterials) are a distinct class of materials versus a group of materials with defining function composed of materials from distinct classes of materials?

Reading Assignment

Pages 7 to 21 (Chapter 1) of Materials for Today's World, Custom Edition for Penn State University. (custom e-book)