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3.225 Electronic and Mechanical Properties of Materials, Summer 2002

Photo of bottles made from liquid crystal polymers.
Liquid crystal polymers have proven to be exceptionally strong and ideal for food and beverage packaging. (Photo courtesy of NASA.)

Highlights of this Course

The course includes a selection of lecture notes, a detailed reading schedule and problem sets with solutions.

Course Description

Electrical, optical, magnetic, and mechanical properties of metals, semiconductors, ceramics, and polymers. Discussion of roles of bonding, structure (crystalline, defect, energy band, and microstructure), and composition in influencing and controlling physical properties. Case studies drawn from a variety of applications including semiconductor diodes, optical detectors, sensors, thin films, biomaterials, composites, and cellular materials.


Prof. Lorna Gibson
Prof. Harry Tuller
Prof. Eugene Fitzgerald

Course Meeting Times

Five sessions / week
Four sessions:
2 hours / session
One session:
1 hour / session

Two sessions / week
1 hour / session

One session / week
1 hour / session




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