MSE 501 Introduction to Materials Science

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    Students in Princeton’s Materials Program come from a wide range of backgrounds, so it is helpful to have an introductory course that reviews the essential topics. The emphasis naturally changes according to who is teaching the course in a given year. My syllabus, shown below, covers what I consider to be the fundamentals, but it particularly reflects my own interest in glasses and gels.


Interatomic forces

Adsorption

Percolation theory

Fractals

Sol-gel processing

Glass transition

Relaxation kinetics

Crystal structures

X-ray Diffraction

Elasticity & Viscoelasticity

Composites

Thermodynamics 1st & 2nd Laws

Phase rule

Phase diagrams 

Solutions

Capillarity

Viscous flow

Diffusion

Sintering 

Nucleation

Crystallization

Phase separation


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