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A relatively unpopular engineering major
Most people do not even know what Materials Science is.

Materials Engineers Can
  • try to discover new materials
  • select the right material for any given job
  • test materials to determine their properties
  • do failure analysis in order to determine why something broke, burnt out, or otherwise stopped working
  • develop manufacturing processes for stubborn materials
  • develop processing methods to improve the properties of known materials
Most materials science and engineering majors get a lot of physical chemistry rammed down their throats.
The most overtaught topics are usually phase diagrams, crystallography, and diffusion.

Most materials science programs offer courses in Metallurgy, solid state physics, chemical engineering, physical chemistry, and ceramic engineering are the parent fields of materials science and engineering.
Materials science and engineering majors are generally instructed in the use of ASTM standards for materials testing are often taught to Materials Science and Engineering students.
Materials are generally divided into several categories. Metals Ceramics Electronic Materials Biomaterials Composites and Polymers

Fun to read books about materials science include
  • The Substance of Civilization, by Stephen L. Sass
  • Made to Measure, by Philip Ball
  • The New Science of Strong Materials or Why You don't Fall Through the Floor, by James Gordon
  • Molecules at an Exhibition, by John Emsley
Some Key Materials Science Concepts Some Materials Worth Knowing About

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