individual deepening

MatSci individual deepening

For MatSci, you should submit two pieces of evidence of your understanding of materials science concepts and your ability to communicate them to others.

You are welcome and encouraged to work with others. However, turn in your own work, and please acknowledge any collaboration (e.g. write “worked with ” along with your name).

Please do not turn in anything handwritten unless you have the handwriting of a medieval monk.

Hand-drawn diagrams, cartoons, schematics, et cetera are (highly) encouraged but–like all figures–they must be clear, legible, and labeled appropriately.

Article or report

You should communicate a concept or technology clearly to an audience of your peers (i.e. explain it to your classmates). Make sure to address why something is relevant, interesting, and/or important, as well as what it is, how it works, etc.

Design case study

Follow the format shown in Materials Selection in Mechanical Design, by Ashby. I placed a copy for your reference in the ATLAS library.

Problem write-ups

Below, I’ve tried to provide suggested exercises for the topics of study that folk were interested in.


All chapters are from Engineering Materials 2, by Jones and Ashby.

  • 23, Polymers: 2, 5, 6, 8
  • 24, Polymer Structures: 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9

Choose one of the following chapters:

  • 25, Mechanical Properties of Polymers: 2, 3, 4, 6 (take a picture of your result to include in the write-up), 13, 16 (optional, but cool–could even create the experiment for Empirical Evidence in the second quarter)
  • 26, Processing Polymers: 1, 2, 3, 6, 11


All chapters are from Engineering Materials 2, by Jones and Ashby.

  • 7, Diffusive Transformations: 2, 4, 10
  • 8, Nucleation: 2, 4, 10 (optional, but cool–read and understand problems 5-9; even better, find the original paper!)


All chapters are from Engineering Materials 1, by Jones and Ashby. Visualization is particularly useful for these topics–the tutorials are highly recommended!

  • 9, Dislocations and Yielding in Crystals: 1, 3, 5, 7
  • 10, Strengthening Methods and Plasticity of Polycrystals: 1, 2, 5 (the first part, at least), 6


Some of you are doing something else of your own design. That is great. Make sure you know what you’re working towards before you start. If you have any questions about whether what you’re doing is appropriate for the class, talk to me.