Welcome to Materials Science!
This course provides experiences in exploring materials through self-directed, hands-on projects. I hope the course environment works well for you, and I hope that you find your time in Materials Science and Solid State Chemistry interesting and enjoyable. If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback at any time throughout the semester about anything, please let me know. - Jon
Course Syllabus and Course Overview
In this course, we build connections among material structure/bonding/composition, material behavior and properties, technical performance or function, and broader societal and environmental impacts. We start with real-world products -- like a bicycle tire -- and explore these products from both atomic and global perspectives.
As noted in the course syllabus, you may opt to purchase a copy of Callister's Materials Science and Engineering: An Introduction, or you may choose to use Ashby's Engineering Materials books, which we can access through Olin's electronic library resources:
Materials Science-Related Links
Know of any interesting mat sci-related web sites? Let me know, and I'll post them here.
Lab Hours and Office Hours
Jon Stolk is availble by appointment for just about any kind of assistance. Early afternoons on Mon and Wed, or late afternoon on Tues, work best with Jon's schedule, but other times are available, too. firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt Neal, our Materials Science Laboratory Specialist, is also available by appointment. Matt is an amazingly helpful and knowledgeable person, and he knows the materials science labs like none other. Matt's office is in the back of AC413, and his email address is email@example.com.
Finally, we'll have a course assistant (NINJAs) this term... I hope.
For more information on this course, please contact
Jonathan Stolk, PhD
Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Needham, MA 02492