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What is Materials Science

Posted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 12:27 am
by raviraj

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Materials make modern life possible—from the polymers in the chair
you’re sitting on, the metal ball-point pen you’re using, and the concrete
that made the building you live or work in to the materials that
make up streets and highways and the car you drive. All these items
are products of materials science and technology (MST). Briefly
defined, materials science is the study of “stuff.” Materials science is
the study of solid matter, inorganic and organic

Materials science and technology is a multidisciplinary approach to
science that involves designing, choosing, and using three major
classes of materials—metals, ceramics, and polymers (plastics).
Wood also could be used. Another class of materials used in MST is
composites, which are made of a combination of materials (such as
in particle board or fiberglass).
Materials science combines many areas of science. Figure 1.5 illustrates
how materials science draws from chemistry, physics, and
engineering to make better, more useful, and more economical and
efficient “stuff.”
Because of the interdisciplinary nature of materials science, it can be
used both as an introductory course to interest students in science
and engineering and also as an additional course to expand the horizons
of students already taking science and mathematics courses