What do you think will be the greatest invention of this century? Many leading scientists and technologists believe that it will be in the field of Materials research: namely, considering new materials that have amazing properties and that are capable of changing themselves to suit their requirements. The task of a Materials Engineer more specifically is to manufacture materials with specific properties that are needed to solve challenging and interesting problems.
For the duration of this course, you will be involved in many activities including a simple activity that shows a clear difference between thermoset and thermoplastic polymers. In addition, you will be designing and creating some simple products. For example, you will learn about metals and their electrical conductivity properties and you will design and create a light up device with circuits in parallel or in series. For the final project, you will reverse engineer a product of your own choosing to create a product which must contain metals, polymers, ceramics and composites. This final product should serve a purpose if manufactured.
By the end of this course, you will:
• have a solid understanding of the properties of metals, polymers ceramics and composites and their applicable use
• be able to determine the polymer manufacturing process: blow molding, injection molding, rotational molding and/or thermo-molding/vacuum
• understand and identify composites, their structure and their effect when added to any material
• have a better understanding of the nanotechnology and its various applications in engineering and in the medical field
• be able to apply "The Engineering Design Cycle", which will enhance your critical thinking skills and problem solving techniques.
Understanding how materials work, what gives materials the properties that they have, and how wonderful, new materials can be synthesized will form one of the major focuses of science and engineering in the coming years. This course lays the groundwork for such an understanding, awakening you to the possibility of this new world and the fundamentals that form this fascinating branch of Engineering.
On-Campus Supplemental Fee: $150
Only basic high school science and math is required - everything else will be taught in the class. What is expected of the student is a good analytical mind, excellent imagination and a keen desire to learn.
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