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Materials Science and Engineering: Designing for Society's Needs

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Course DatesWeeksMeeting TimesStatusInstructor(s)CRN
July 08, 2015 - July 28, 20153OnlineOpenKaren Haberstroh10743

Course Description

Are you interested in learning more about the materials that surround our everyday lives? How might newly developed, advanced materials positively impact society? In this course, you will explore the mathematical and scientific fundamentals behind the field of materials science and engineering. You will explore the current state of the art in engineering design as you test and formulate biomaterials, nanomaterials, and other advanced materials for a wide range of materials science applications. You will:

• Investigate how atoms are assembled into materials, and how that atomic assembly changes for metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, and other advanced materials.
• Learn how the mechanical properties of materials are governed by the material’s internal atomic structure
• Engage in hands-on activities and experiments to identify the advantages of using metals, ceramics, polymers, and other advanced materials in specific engineering applications.
• Apply your understanding of materials science and engineering to design a creative solution to meet a specific societal need.

"I really liked how we looked at one problem and tried to dig as deep as possible into it, exploring many possibilities and problems."
- Materials Science and Engineering student, Summer 2013



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Course Requirements:

Time commitment: To be successful in this course, you must have reliable internet access, and will be expected to participate multiple times each week. Plan to spend approximately 10 hours per week on coursework.

Prerequisite: Students who have completed Algebra 1 and Trigonometry are best prepared to participate in this course; recommended prerequisite: Exploring Engineering (free course).

Technical:
• Computer with internet access and browser
• Headphones or speakers
• Adobe Flash Player
• Smartphone with camera, digital camera, or scanner (some assignments require students to upload photos, sketches, or graphs to the course website)

Supplementary materials: approximately $75

Course Fee: $885


Looking for other online Engineering courses? Check out: Biomedical Engineering: The Smart Design of Medical Implants and Devices; Renewable Energy Engineering: Wind and Solar Power.

You might also be interested in: Materials Engineering: A Revolution in the Making (on campus course)