Materials Science and Engineering 2094
Analytic Methods in Materials Engineering
College of Engineering
Location: 212 Holden Hall
Time: T, Th 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Professor Ronald D. Kriz
Engineering Science & Mechanics
and Materials Science and Engineering
Office: 121B Patton Hall
Office Hours: TTh 1-2:30pm
Phone: (540) 231-4386
FAX: (540) 231-9187
Official MSE Course Syllabus MSF2094.pdf in pdf Acrobat format
The only required text for the course is Bio-Statistics, Third Edition
by Stanton and Glantz. We assume that you have access to (and know how to use) the following
software. Therefore, you must purchase any software that you are missing, and
may want to pick up a "help" book for one or more of these packages.
- DOS and Windows
- a word processor (e.g., MS Word)
- an equation editor (e.g., Math Edit, which comes with Word for Windows
- an equation solver (e.g., TK!Solver Plus and/or Mathematica)
- Fortran compiler (e.g., WATFOR77)
- a spreadsheet program (e.g., Quattro Pro, MS Excel, Lotus, etc.)
- a scientific plotting package. (Note: there is probably some simple
plotting capability included with your spreadsheet, work processor, and/or
||There are no midterm exams or final exams in this course
||Projects will be the primary form of assignment. They will be assigned
periodically in class with precise due dates. No late projects will be
accepted unless a prior agreement has been made with the Instructor! A
typical project duration will range from 1 to 4 weeks. You may work together
in groups to gather information and to seek help/advice.
||Short reports and memos which summarize your results will be required
as part of the project assignments. They will be the primary mechanism for
grading, along with the actual results of the projects.
||Final course grades will be determined by averaging all project grades.
Every project will be graded out of 100 points, and project grades will be
weighted based on the number of weeks required to complete the assignment
(e.g., a 4-week project will count 4 times as much as a 1-week project.
Some Tentative Project Topics:
- Binary Phase Diagrams
- Calculating Surface Energies: Free Surfaces, Grain Boundaries, etc.
Revised January 10, 1998