Materials Science and Engineering: Designing for Society's Needs

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Course registration will be available for this course once it is scheduled.

Course Description

Are you interested in learning more about the materials that surround our everyday lives? How might newly developed, advanced materials positively impact society? In this course, you will explore the mathematical and scientific fundamentals behind the field of materials science and engineering. You will explore the current state of the art in engineering design as you test and formulate biomaterials, nanomaterials, and other advanced materials for a wide range of materials science applications. You will:
• Investigate how atoms are assembled into materials, and how that atomic assembly changes for metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, and other advanced materials.
• Learn how the mechanical properties of materials are governed by the material’s internal atomic structure.
• Engage in hands-on activities and experiments to identify the advantages of using metals, ceramics, polymers, and other advanced materials in specific engineering applications.
• Apply your understanding of materials science and engineering to design a creative solution to meet a specific societal need.

"This is one of the best courses I have ever taken. For such a short time period, I learned an exceptional amount of information that has greatly improved my interest in pursuing a future in engineering."
- Materials Science and Engineering student, Summer 2015

Course Requirements:
Time commitment: The first week of your online course serves as the course orientation, during which you will get to know Canvas (Brown's learning management system), review course expectations and strategies for your success, learn about your instructor, and help us to learn a bit about you. These activities should take you just a few hours to complete.

The following week you will begin working with your instructor and classmates on the course itself. To be successful in this course, you must have reliable internet access, and will be expected to participate multiple times each week. Plan to spend approximately 10 hours per week on coursework.

• Computer with reliable, high-speed internet connection
• Up-to-date Internet browser supported by Canvas, Brown's learning management system
• Headphones, earbuds or speakers
• Webcam and microphone
• Adobe Flash Player browser plugin (Course elements may require Flash and will not work on an iPad.)
• Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc,.docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
• Courses can also be accessed on tablets and mobile devices. These devices can be used as supplemental access points in order to complete most coursework.

Prerequisites: Please note: Students who have completed Algebra 1 and Trigonometry are best prepared to participate in this course.


Course Information

  • Course Code: CEEN0916
  • Length: 4 weeks

Program Information

Summer@Brown Online

Non-credit, seminar-style courses in the liberal arts and sciences, taught fully online to students worldwide. For students completing grades 9-12 by June 2019.

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