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Intriguing Freshmen with Materials Science.
Pond, Robert B., Sr.
Described is a course designed for engineering science and natural science freshmen and open to upperclass nonscience majors entitled "Science of Modern Materials" and which has been successfully presented for several years. This paper presents the philosophy behind the course, the teaching methods employed, and the content of the course. The course has a large scope, starting with water and the decomposition of igneous earths, including wood and wood products, cements, stones, vitrified products, metals and alloys glasses, plastics, semiconductors, and ending with ecological problems originated by materials generated pollution. The relation of structure and property is the theme followed through all but the ecology part of the course. This course attempts to intrigue the nonscience major by showing him how he lives with and depends on materials and how he or his representative will be responsible for laws regulating these materials in the future. In the final exam, the student must decide between several materials from which to erect a pole on his property on the basis of the ecological damage of maintaining the pole. The syllabus of the course indicates the demonstrations and teaching aids that were used. (LS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Engineering Education (Ft. Collins, Colorado, June 16-19, 1975)