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4 Credits
Available Fall/Winter
Lecture (Crosslisted as ENGR 321)

OSU catalog link

CH 202 or CH 222 or CH 224H;
CH 232 or CH 232H;
or CH 262 or CH 262H;
or CH 272


Julie Tucker
303E Dearborn

Course Description

Crystal structure, microstructure, and physical properties of metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, and amorphous materials. Also includes elementary mechanical behavior and phase equilibria. Crosslisted as MATS 321


  • Atomic bonding in solids
  • Metallic, ceramic, and polymeric crystal structures
  • Diffusion in solids
  • Phase diagrams and microstructural evolution in metals and ceramics
  • Mechanical and thermal properties of materials

Learning Outcomes

The student, upon successful completion of this course, will be able to:

  1. Predict basic physical properties of materials based on a knowledge of their atomic composition and chemical bonding
  2. Readily describe the structure of crystalline materials using the nomenclature of Bravais Lattices and Miller Indices
  3. Apply the principles of solid state diffusion to solve engineering problems to determine the effects of heating on composition profiles in solid solution materials in at least the 1-dimensional approximation
  4. Use a binary phase diagram to quantitatively describe the compositions, phases and microstructures developed during heat treatments of binary solid systems
  5. Use the principles of nucleation theory and solid state diffusion to solve problems involving kinetics of phase transformations in metal alloy systems