Introduction to Computers
Lecture—3 hours; laboratory—3 hours. Computer uses in modern society. Emphasis on uses in nonscientific disciplines. Includes word processing, spreadsheets, web-page creation, elementary programming, basic computer organization, the Internet, the uses of computers and their influence on society.
Mechanical Behahvior of Materials
Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Microscopic and macroscopic aspects of the mechanical behavior of engineering materials, with emphasis on recent development in materials characterization by nondestructive testing. Fundamental aspects of plasticity in engineering materials, strengthening mechanisms and mechanical failure modes of materials systems.
Computational Materials Science
Lecture—3 hours. Intended to show the capabilities and limitations of modern computational materials science methods, and to give some practical experience in their implementation and use. Includes, e.g., molecular dynamics, the mesoscale Monte Carlo method, and phase-field modeling.
How Things Work
Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hours. An introduction to the physical principles that enable technology encountered in everyday life. It covers the basics of mechanical systems, electricity and magnetism, optical systems, thermal systems, and information technology, with practical examples given where possible. The intention is to help the student learn what the world looks like from the perspective of an engineer.