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Spring 2010: MATRL 100A: Structure and Properties I

Course text (required):

Callister and Rethwisch, 8th edn: Please note that earlier editions will not work because of issues with problem and chapter numbering. This text will also serve for Materials 100B and Materials 100C.

In this quarter (Materials 100A), we cover chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 12, 14 (briefly), 18, 19 (briefly), 20, and 21.

Course outline: PDF

Phelps 3515, M & W, 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm.


30% for an in-class (1 h) midterm, 40% for an in-class (3 h) final, and 30% for assignments (all assignments are due in class, and must be hardcopies — email submissions are not accepted.).

Ram's office hours:

MRL 3008, M & W, 3:20 pm to 4:00 pm or by appointment.


Kristin Denault and Matthew Gebbie

Kristin's office hours:

MRL room 2244, Tuesdays from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Matthew's office hours:

Phelps room 1417, Fridays from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm.


Look at this wikipedia page, for the Janet periodic table which, from the electronic configuration viewpoint, is more sensible than the usual Mendeleev/Moseley periodic table: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternative_periodic_tables

A mnemonic for filling electrons in atoms (the aufbau principle): PDF

This periodic table from NIST has all the electronic configurations: PDF

The wikipedia page for close-packings of spheres is very interesting, with some reference to the Hales proof: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Close-packing

The wikipedia page for graphene is quite informative: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphene. The website has been updated and has information on the 2010 Physics Nobel Prize.


Date Description Notes and resources Assignments
M 9/27 Introduction: Classification of Materials Chapter 1 Answer Q1.1 (due 10/4)
W 9/29 Atomic structure, bonding Chapter 2 PDF
M 10/4 Bonding, crystal structure Chapter 3 PDF Assign. 2 (due 10/11)
M 10/6 Crystal structures Chapter 3 (contd.)
M 10/11 Miller indices, diffraction Chapter 3 (contd.) Assign. 3 (due 10/18)
W 10/13 Diffraction, defects ... Chapter 3 and Chapter 4 PDF
M 10/18 Defects Chapter 4 Assign. 4 (due 10/25)
W 10/20 Defects and ceramics Chapter 4 and Chapter 12
M 10/25 Ceramics Chapter 12
W 10/27 In-class midterm
M 11/1 Ceramics and polymers Chapter 12 and Chapter 14 Assign. 5 (due 11/8)
W 11/3 Polymers
M 11/8 Electrical properties I Chapter 18 Assign. 6 (due 11/15)
W 11/10 Electrical properties II Chapter 18
M 11/15 Thermal and Optical Properties Chapter 19 and Chapter 21 Assign. 7 (due 11/22)
W 11/17 Optical Properties
M 11/22 Magnetic Properties Chapter 20 Assign. 8 (due 12/1)
W 11/22 Lab and facilities tour. Meet at MRL3008
M 11/29 Review (conducted by Kristin Denault and Matthew Gebbie)
W 12/1 Review by Ram
Syllabus for finals

This page: http://www.mrl.ucsb.edu/~seshadri/2010_100A.html