Navigating the Materials World

A Guide to Understanding Materials Behavior

Edited by

  • Caroline Baillie, UK Center for Materials Education, University of Liverpool, UK
  • Linda Vanasupa, Materials Engineering Department, California Polytechnic State University , San Luis Obispo, Calfornia.

This book will enable students to navigate through materials science and engineering courses with increased motivation, reflection and depth. It contains a series of guides that will help students learn about materials while enhancing their thinking and learning skills.The first chapter serves as an introduction to the general concepts and terminology of materials science. The remaining chapters focus on specific materials—polymers, metals, ceramics, biomaterials, composites, natural materials, and electronic and magnetic materials. Throughout the text, expert contributors highlight key concepts and ideas and how they relate to other areas of science.Navigating the Material is based on current educational theory in higher education, which puts the student at the center of learning and encourages learning with understanding.
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Undergraduate and recent graduate students in materials science, as well as professors and curriculum development specialists in these areas.


Book information

  • Published: March 2003
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-073551-8

Table of Contents

Introduction(Welcome to the Materials World) - Caroline Baillie, Linda Vanasupa, and John BowdenSelecting your Material & Life Cycle (Visiting the Travel Agency) - Caroline Baillie and Chris RoseCharacterization of Materials (The Tool Shop) - Peter Goodhew and Adam MannisMetals (Entering the Metal Zone) - Katherine Chen and Susan AmbroseCeramics (A Tour of Ceramic Land) - Linda Vanasupa and Susan AmbroseComposites (Interfacing with Composites) - Caroline Baillie and Ton Peijs Polymers (The Land of Polymers) - Caroline Baillie and Ton Peijs Natural Materials (Back to Nature) - Adrian LoweSemiconductors (An Electronic Trip Through Semiconductors) - Emily Allen and Susan AmbroseFailure of Materials (Accident and Emergency) - Andy Bushby