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Materials Science and Engineering: Designing for Society's Needs

Two Sections Available to Choose From:

Course DatesWeeksMeeting TimesStatusInstructor(s)CRN
July 06, 2016 - August 02, 20164OnlineOpenKaren Haberstroh10953
July 06, 2016 - August 02, 20164OnlineOpenKaren Haberstroh10954

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.

"This is one of the best courses I have ever taken. For such a short time period, I learned an exceptional amount of information that has greatly improved my interest in pursuing a future in engineering."
- Materials Science and Engineering student, Summer 2015


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Course Requirements:

Time commitment: The first week of your online course serves as the course orientation, during which you will get to know Canvas (Brown's learning management system), review course expectations and strategies for your success, learn about your instructor, and help us to learn a bit about you. These activities should take you just a few hours to complete.

The following week you will begin working with your instructor and classmates on the course itself. 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: Please note: Students who have completed Algebra 1 and Trigonometry are best prepared to participate in this 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 $80 (Note: Be sure to allow adequate time for shipping of required materials so that you have them in hand by the start of the course.)

Course Fee: $885

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