Materials Science and Engineering: Designing for Society's Needs

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June 28, 2021 - July 21, 20216/28 - 7/213 WeeksOnlineWaitlistedOnlineKaren Haberstroh

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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.

Time commitment: Your course will open on a Monday, two days in advance of the Wednesday course start date to give you time to 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 introductory activities should take you just a few hours to complete.

Students should be prepared to spend approximately 10 hours per week on coursework. To be successful in this course, you must have reliable internet access and will be expected to participate in the course multiple times each week.

Technical: Computer with reliable, high-speed internet connection | Note: Mobile devices (smart phones, tablets) are also supported, but may be less than optimal for some required assignments. We recommend using these as supplemental access points in addition to your computer. We also recommend downloading the Canvas Mobile App for iOS or Android devices for the best experience on mobile devices. Up-to-date Internet browser supported by Canvas, Brown's learning management system Headphones, earbuds or speakers Webcam and microphone Adobe Flash Player browser plugin (Course elements may require Flash and will not work on an iPad.) Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc,.docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)

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.

Prerequisites: Students who have completed Algebra 1 and Trigonometry are best prepared to participate in this course.

Course Information

  • Course Code: CEEN0916

Program Information


Brown’s Pre-College Program in the liberal arts and sciences for students completing grades 9-12 by June 2021.

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