Science of Engineering Materials

Description: Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour; outside study, eight hours. Requisites: Chemistry 20A, 20B, 20L, Physics 1A, 1B. General introduction to different types of materials used in engineering designs: metals, ceramics, plastics, and composites, relationship between structure (crystals and microstructure) and properties of technological materials. Illustration of their fundamental differences and their applications in engineering. Letter grading.

Units: 4.0
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Overall Rating 4.6
Easiness 2.1/ 5
Clarity 4.9/ 5
Workload 2.6/ 5
Helpfulness 4.8/ 5
Most Helpful Review
Summer 2022 - Professor Goorsky was fantastic! The lectures have plenty of helpful diagrams, images, and connections to the real world. He often asks review questions, which makes the class engaging. I definitely recommend attending in person, because there are so many fun demos (and you might get homemade ice cream out of the deal...). I spent the summer hundreds of miles away, but I wished I was there to see everything live! The lectures aren't just something you could get on YouTube for free-- it seems like Professor Goorsky understands that competition is out there, and he accordingly uses active learning, live demos, and more. There are weekly HW assignments, two quizzes, one midterm, and one final. The exams are timed and fast-paced (esp. the quizzes!), so make sure you know things well. Exams won't just have equation-based book problems-- there are lots of problems that will require you to have a full, in depth understanding, and be able to use reasoning and writing skills. Homework assignments have some book problems, and they also have more interesting questions: there'll often be at least one problem that requires you to use software (nothing too hard, but good skills to learn!) and one problem that requires a written explanation and research. The professor values deep understanding of real-world concepts, and although you'll often need to use equations, they're never the sole focus. While this might mean you have to study more than just equations, in the long run it's good-- employers don't have to pay computers, so why would they want someone who only knows how to use equations? I really appreciated Professor Goorsky's modern approach to homework and exams in this class, and I hope more professors take note.
Overall Rating 2.7
Easiness 2.9/ 5
Clarity 2.5/ 5
Workload 3.1/ 5
Helpfulness 2.4/ 5
Most Helpful Review
Spring 2021 - When I first signed up for this class, I was actually quite scared due to the previous reviews. However, after taking this class, I can confidently say that Dr. Huang definitely deserves a much higher rating than a 2.6, and I definitely found this class quite easy and straightforward. --- This class definitely revolves around the textbook. Slides are based off of the textbook, homework problems are textbook problems, and sometimes, exam problems are ripped straight from the textbook, verbatim. So definitely know the textbook material; grind problems out, check your answers with Slader, and you're good. Homework is definitely on the level of exams. If you can ace the homework, you can definitely ace the exams. That said, there are definitely conceptual questions you need to know; you can't math your way out of this class. --- Dr. Huang's lecture slides are really good, and same for the slides that the TAs give out. I personally found them to be very comprehensive, and useful for exams. If it's not on the slides, it's not going to be tested. Even better, Dr. Huang releases slides before lectures, so you won't have to write stuff down at 90 miles per hour. Dr. Huang's lectures may be dry, but they definitely cover what'll be on the test. She also throws in some cool videos that explain concepts well. That said, she refuses to record lectures. --- The course material is quite interesting, and the exams and homework are definitely fair. Exam averages were 75 in my year, and Dr. Huang said that she'd set the average grade to a B+. Let's see if that ends up being the case.
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