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ME 210 Materials Science
(for non-mechanical eng. stu.)
ME 212 Materials Science
(for civil and mechanical eng. stu.)
"the engineer must be more aware of materials and their potential than ever before. Innovation, often, takes the form of replacing a component made of one material (a metal, say) with one made of another (a polymer, perhaps), and then redesigning the product to exploit, to the maximum, the potential offered by the change. The engineer must compare and weigh the properties of competing materials with precision: the balance, often, is a delicate one. It involves an understanding of the basic properties of materials; of how these are controlled by processing; of how materials are formed, joined and finished; and of the chain of reasoning that leads to a successful choice.." Paragraph is taken from Engineering Materials 2, General Introduction, by M.F. Ashby and D.R.H. Jones, 1998.