Materials In Today's World

Reading Assignment


Things to consider...

When you read the web material for this lesson and e-book material for this lesson, use the following questions to guide your reading. Also, remember to keep the learning objectives listed on the Overview page in mind.

  • What is the difference between stress and strain?
  • Given a stress-strain diagram for material, how can one identify the elastic region, plastic region, fracture point, elasticity, and the yield strength?
  • Given a stress-strain diagram for a material, how can you determine if the material is ductile or brittle?
  • How do tensile, compressive, and shear stress differ?
  • Do the terms stiffness, strength, hardness, ductility, and toughness mean the same to the general public as they do to materials scientists and engineers?

Reading Assignment

Pages 216 to 265 (Chapter 7. Mechanical Properties) of "Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering: An Integrated Approach, 5th Edition", William D. Mallister and David G. Rethwisch.

Skip sections 7.4, 7.12, 7.14, 7.19, and 7.20