Fall. 2022 

MSE 2010/2160: Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering/Elements of Materials Science and Engineering

  • Both classes share the same lectures, MWF at WEB L104 (attendance: ~150)
  • For MSE 2010, 10 lab sessions are included, each requires 3 hours of attendance and a formal lab report
  • Textbook: Callister, Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering: An Integrated Approach

Chen embraces several educational tools to foster active learning. These tools include a classroom engagement system, reading assignments, in-class clicker questions, online communication forum (e.g., Discord), think-pair-share exercises, and in-class DEMOS!

Demos are fun, engaging, and exciting! Here is the list of demos that Chen did in Fall 2022

  1. Tin vs copper bars
  2. Tennis ball stacking (HCP vs. FCC)
  3. Iron wire (volume expansion from austenite to ferrite )
  4. Molecular models for polymer isomerism
  5. Play cards to show chain growth polymerization and how to calculate Mn, Mw, and PDI
  6. Holding hands to show the step-growth polymerization mechanism.
  7. Rubber bands in liquid nitrogen (demonstrate Tg)
  8. Atomic trampoline (amorphous vs. crystalline atomic material)
  9. Skittles in (hot) water to show the dependency of diffusion on temperatures
  10. Silly putty (viscoelasticity)
  11. Frozen banana (fracture mechanics)
  12. Paper clip to show cold working