**PHS 581/
CHM 581: The Structure of Matter and its Properties**

Summer 2015 (4600)

Classroom: PSH 357

11:10 - 2:00 PM Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday -
Thursday

June 29 - July 31, 2015

**Instructor:
**Robert Culbertson**, **PSH 553
(480) 965-0945**. **robert.culbertson@asu.edu

**Textbook:
**The recommended textbook is *Materials
in Today's World*, third edition, by Peter A. Thrower and Thomas Mason.

**Description: **The
appearance of new materials over the past few decades has had a dramatic impact
on all of our lives. These new
materials are incorporated in applications that range from
biologically-compatible implants to heat-resistant space shuttle tiles to
high-speed electronic components in computers and cell phones. However, the general public's
understanding of how these new materials are conceived and developed is
relatively limited. Thus, the theme of this new course, Structure of Matter and
Its Properties, will be to show the correlation between the structure,
properties, and function of modern materials. This correlation is based upon the application of principles
of chemistry and physics to understand and control the properties of materials. The families of materials that will be
studied include metals, ceramics, polymers, semiconductors and composites.

The plan for the course
is to incorporate together, lectures and discussions, classroom activities, and
laboratory experiences, including demonstrations of advanced materials
characterization techniques. The
background useful for the course includes introductory college chemistry and
physics with some application of algebra and geometry. The course will build a simple model
for understanding materials by scaling the structure of matter from the atomic
to the macroscopic level. The
components of this model will include atomic structure, atomic bonding, crystal
structure and defects, microstructure, and simplified band structure for
electronic and optical properties.
An important outcome will be the development, evaluation, and sharing of
new resources that could be used in the classroom.

A representative list of topics
to be studied includes:

1) Size and scaling of structure of material.

2) Families of materials and their applications

3) Atomic, structure, bonding and property correlations

4) Crystal structure and properties

5) Defects and microstructure in materials

6) Ceramic material systems

7) Metal and alloy systems

8) Polymer material systems

9) Composite material systems

10) Advanced materials and applications

11) Modern materials characterization techniques

Numerical examples will be done using Excel and VPython, as appropriate.

**Prerequisites:
**Algebra-level knowledge of
Newtonian mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism will be assumed. Some calculus
(primarily derivatives and partial derivatives) and vectors will be used. These
will be developed in class, but students will benefit greatly if they have a
chance to review them on their own ahead of time. The mathematical level will
be somewhere between standard ASU algebra-level and calculus-level courses.

**Lecture
style: **There will be little lecturing in
the traditional sense. There will be group activities and occasional handouts.
Depending on the activities, the students will perform experiments, run
computer simulations, or work in groups at a whiteboard. Often the students
will be divided into groups to work on different problems and report their
results later to the entire class.

If the particular session
requires working as separate groups, the entire class will sit together to draw
conclusions at the end of the session. Where appropriate, at the end of a
session the group will discuss the possible uses of the topic in a high-school
context.