3.012 Fundamentals of Materials Science, Fall 2003
Author(s)Marzari, Nicola; Irvine, Darrell J.; Wuensch, Bernhardt J.
Fundamentals of Materials Science
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This subject describes the fundamentals of bonding, energetics, and structure that underpin materials science. From electrons to silicon to DNA: the role of electronic bonding in determining the energy, structure, and stability of materials. Quantum mechanical descriptions of interacting electrons and atoms. Symmetry properties of molecules and solids. Structure of complex and disordered materials. Introduction to thermodynamic functions and laws governing equilibrium properties, relating macroscopic behavior to molecular models of materials. Develops basis for understanding a broad range of materials phenomena, from heat capacities, phase transformations, and multiphase equilibria to chemical reactions and magnetism. Fundamentals are taught using real-world examples such as engineered alloys, electronic and magnetic materials, ionic and network solids, polymers, and biomaterials.
Quantum mechanical descriptions of interacting electrons and atoms, thermodynamic functions, equilibrium properties, macroscopic behavior, molecular models, heat capacities, phase transformations, multiphase equilibria, chemical reactions, magnetism, engineered alloys, polymers, biomaterials, energetics, structure, materials science, electrons, silicon, DNA, electronic bonding, energy, stability, quantum mechanics, atoms, interactions, symmetry, molecules, solids, complex material, disorderd materials, thermodynamic laws, electronic materials, magnetic materials, ionic solids, network solids, statistical mechanics, microstates, microscopic complexity, entropy