Intro to Materials Science

Materials surround us every day in the products we use. It’s important that, as engineers and designers, we have a fundamental understanding of materials so we can use them appropriately in our projects and products. But there are a lot of materials and they can be quite different from one another—where do we start? In this learning track on the Introduction to Materials, we will look to cover some of that foundational knowledge. We start with Introduction to Material Performance, as a material's performance is critical in design. We then move on to Introduction to Material Elasticity, a key property that influences material performance. Next, in Introduction to Material Structure, we will discuss how a material's structure impacts its properties, which in turn impacts performance. Our final course is Introduction to Material Properties, where we discuss various elements of processing techniques and how they are used to produce materials with the performance we desire.