MAT 100A. Structure Property Relationships. Fall 2009.

Course info:

Class time/place:   Mon/Wed 2.00 - 3.15 pm, Phelps 3515
Instructor:            Prof. Nicola Spaldin, Room 3014 MRL, nicola@mrl.ucsb.edu
Office Hours:       Mon 3.30-4.00 pm; Wed. 1.15-1.45 pm.

TAs                     Jason Jewell, jjewell31@gmail.com, and Arthur Reading, artrea@gmail.com
Office Hours        Tuesday noon - 1 pm (Arthur) MRL 3117C, Friday 4 - 5 pm (Jason) Phelps 1417
Discussion Time   Thursday 4 - 5 pm, Phelps 1417
 

Text Book:

Materials Science and Engineering, An Introduction by William D. Callister, Jr. Seventh Edition, Wiley. This will also be the text for 100B and C.


Course outline:

Introduction to Materials in Modern Technology. Materials as
an enabling element of technological progress. Functions that materials
perform. The properties-structure-processing connection.

The Structure of Materials. Atomic structure, atomic bonding
in solids, molecular structures. The arrangement of atoms and
molecules in liquids and solids. Crystals, amorphous solids,
mesoporous materials, liquid crystals, quasicrystals, self-assembling
systems. Crystal structures, directions and planes.

Imperfections in Solids. Point, line and interfacial defects.
Vacancies, self-intersitials, impurities/solute atoms. Entropy effects.
Dislocations, grain boundaries and interfaces. Microstructure.

Electrical Properties of Materials I. Electrical conduction,
energy band structures and relationship to bonding. Semiconductors,
intrinsic/extrinsic semiconduction and temperature effects.
Hall effect. Semiconductor devices.
 

MIDTERM EXAM - Wednesday October 28th in class
 

Electrical Properties of Materials II. Conduction in ceramics and
polymers. Dielectric behavior and capacitance. Ferroelectrics and
piezoelectrics.

Magnetic Properties. Basic concepts of magnetism. Types of
magnetic behavior. Magnetic domains, soft and hard magnetic materials.
Magnetic devices. Superconductivity.

Optical Properties. Basic concepts. Refraction and reflection.
Absorption and transmissions, color. Luminescence. Photoconductivity
and photovoltaic devices. Lasers and light emitting diodes.
 

FINAL EXAM - Tuesday December 8th, 4-7pm
 

Assessment: Grading will be determined by homework problems (30% of the grade), an in-class mid-term (30% of the grade), and a final exam (40% of the grade).

Homework will be assigned on Wednesdays after class, and will be due at the beginning of class the following Monday. You are encouraged to discuss the homework problems with your colleagues but the final write-up must be done on your own. Any groups turning in identical solution sets will share the available points. You are also encouraged to use other sources of information; any sources other than the text book, including internet sources, must be clearly acknowledged. To save your TAs from grading overload, late homework will not be accepted. However, your lowest homework score will be automatically discounted so you don't need to negotiate for an extension if you are sick, traveling or if your room-mate's dog eats your solutions (once).

There will also be an optional literature project that will be on-going throughout the quarter and which will be worth up to an additional 10% extra credit.

For the mid-term you may bring in one 8.5 by 11 page of notes with writing on one side. For the final you may have one 8.5 by 11 page of notes with writing on both sides.
 

Example Term Paper:

Here is the paper that I've chosen for my term paper, and here is my (on-going) analysis of it.

Week by Week:

Week 1. September 28 - October 2.

Reading Assignment: Callister Chapters 1 and 2

Here is The first discussion problem,

Here is Homework 1, due in class on Monday October 5th

Here are the solutions

Week 2. October 5 - 9.

Reading Assignment: Callister Chapter 3

Here is The second discussion problem,

Here is Homework 2, due in class on Monday October 12th

Here are the solutions

Week 3. October 12 - October 16.

Reading Assignment:
Callister Chapters 12, Sections 1-4
Callister Chapter 14, Sections 1-12

Here is The third discussion problem,

Here is Homework 3, due in class on Monday October 19th

Here are the solutions

Week 4. October 19 - October 23.

Reading Assignment:
Callister Chapter 4
Callister Chapter 7, Sections 1-4
Callister Chapters 12, Section 5

Here is The fourth discussion problem

Here is Homework 4, due in class on Monday October 26th

Here are the solutions

Week 6. November 2 - November 6.

Reading Assignment:
Callister Chapter 18, Sections 1 -17

Here is The week 6 discussion problem

Here is the Homework for week 6, due in class on Monday November 9th

Here are the solutions

Week 7. November 9 - November 13.

Reading Assignment:
Callister Chapter 18, Sections 18 - end

Here is The week 7 discussion problem

Here is the Homework for week 7, due in class on Monday November 16th

Here are the solutions

Week 8. November 16 - November 20.

Reading Assignment:
Callister Chapter 20

Here is The week 8 discussion problem

Here is the Homework for week 8, due in class on Monday November 23rd

Here are the solutions

Weeks 9 and 10. November 23 - December 4.

Reading Assignment:
Callister Chapter 21

Here is The last discussion problem

Here is the last Homework. This one doesn't need to be handed in but will be good practice for the optics and remaining magnetism topics.

Here are the solutions