WINTHROP UNIVERSITY
Department of Chemistry, Physics, & Geology

Syllabus

Semester: Fall 2017                  Course: PHYS 321 (001) - Materials Science
Credit hours:
3                        Pre-requisite: A grade of C or better in PHYS 202 or 212 and CHEM 106.

Lecture: M and W: 8-9:15 AM, Sims 113C.                       Assignments

Professor: Dr. Ponn Maheswaranathan (Mahes), Professor of Physics.
Office: 213-B, Sims, Office Hours: MW 9:30-11, or By appointment. 
Phone: 323 4940, E-mail: mahesp@winthrop.edu

Textbook: Materials Science and Engineering, Callister, 9th Edition, 2014, John Wiley Publishing.

Course Objectives:

Course Description:
PHYS 321 is an introductory materials science course primarily intended for chemistry majors, pre-engineering students, and for minors in engineering physics. The course will cover synthesis, structure, properties, and technical performance of engineering metals, ceramics, polymers, semiconductors, and superconductors.

University-Level Competency:

Materials science introduces students to the role of scientific reasoning via understanding materials and solving materials science problems (e.g. describing the crystal structures and calculating materials properties). They will apply the scientific methodologies of inquiry during the characterization of materials. They will also be introduced to the history of materials discovery (e.g., topics and modern materials are introduced with historical perspectives) and learn that the materials for current technology are discovered after cutting edge materials research. In addition they will see how the scientific advances made in a laboratory transforms into useful materials for today's technological devices.   

Attendance and Participation:
The attendance policy described in the Winthrop University undergraduate catalog will be followed. Students are encouraged to attend all the lectures and to actively take part in classroom activities. Regular attendance and good participation efforts will help in the final letter grade assignment for borderline cases.

Homework:
Chapter sections, questions, and problems are assigned for each lecture. Keep up with all the assignments and turn in your homework regularly. Get help when needed.     

Students with Disabilities/Need of Accommodations for Access:
Winthrop University is committed to providing access to education.  If you have a condition which may adversely impact your ability to access academics and/or campus life, and you require specific accommodations to complete this course, contact the Office of Accessibility OA) at 803-323-3290, or, accessibility@winthrop.edu. Please inform me as early as possible, once you have your official notice of accommodations from the Office of Disability Services. 

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Student Conduct Code: The policy on student academic misconduct is outlined in the “Student Conduct Code Academic Misconduct Policy” in the online Student Handbook (http://www.winthrop.edu/uploadedFiles/studentconduct/StudentHandbook.pdf)

Syllabus change policy: The instructor will make changes to this syllabus as deemed necessary for the progression of the course.

Tests & Final: Two tests (each worth 20% for a total of 40%) and a comprehensive final (40%) are scheduled as follows. Homework is worth 20%.

Date

Tests and Final

Chapters

Content Description

10-02-17

Test #1

1,2, & 3

Introduction, Atomic Structure & Bonding, Structure of Crystalline Solids, and Linear & Planar densities.

11-13-17

Test #2

3,4,6, 10-13, 18

X-ray diffraction.  Imperfections in Solids, Mechanical Properties, Ceramics, and Electrical Properties.

   

19,20, & 21

Thermal, Optical,and Magnetic Properties.

Course Evaluation   Course Code: 12474

https://winthrop.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8uJt2pJOgArbpxX

12/12/17, 8 AM 

Final Exam

 

Comprehensive

Grade:
The above total will be used to assign a letter grade, which will be very close to the following:
100% - 90% = A     89% - 87% = A-    86% - 84% = B+    83% - 80% = B    79% - 77% = B-   
    76%-74% = C+   73% - 67% = C     66% - 64% = C-     63%-60% = D      59%- 0%  = F