MATLS 1M03 – Structure and Properties of Materials

Course Outline Winter 2016

Instructional Team
Prof. Kathryn Grandfield Course Coordinator ETB 403
Prof. JJ Hoyt JHE 357
Prof. Joey Kish JHE 343/B
Contact Email: All emails to our Avenue account will be forwarded to the above address.

View Reading Schedule Here

The Avenue message board will be used by the instructors to provide you with up-to-date information. This might include corrections, time changes and other updates. It’s your responsibility to consult the message board on a regular basis.

Section Day Time Room Instructor
C01 Tu We Fr 12:30-13:20 JHE/264 Dr. Kish
C02 Tu We Fr 15:30-16:20 JHE/264 Dr. Hoyt
C03 Mo We Th 10:30-11:20 JHE/264 Dr. Kish
C04 Mo We Th 13:30-14:20 JHE/264 Dr. Grandfield
C05 Mo We Th 17:30-18:20 JHE/264 Dr. Grandfield

Each section of the class will cover exactly the same content. All course requirements (assignments, tests, exams, etc.) are common to the whole course. On a day-to-day basis however, the sections may not maintain exact synchronization. You should therefore attend the same lecture section continuously.

Daily Help Sessions / Office Hours
JHE 247, Monday to Friday, 1:30 to 3:30 (Starting Jan. 11th) In addition, all of us would be happy to meet with you at any other time. Please call or email to arrange an appointment. By email
Officially following: Callister & Rethwisch, Materials Science and Engineering, An Introduction – 9th Edition (Wiley). Previous editions are fine.

Note that the bookstore has:
• Traditional hardcover version
• Binder version
• Electronic copies can be purchased online with the WileyPLUS option for practice problems.

Method Of Assessment
Five homework assignments (Avenue) 20%
Two midterm tests 30%
Final exam 50%

In class i-Clicker Questions 2%
EPIC labs 0.75% per lab
WileyPLUS Practice Quizzes Up to 4%: 8 quizzes complete
Up to 2%: 6 quizzes complete
Up to 1%: 3 quizzes complete
Periodically, iClicker questions will be offered in class. Students may have the possibility to earn bonus marks for correct answers (up to 2%, where 50% of this mark is for participation, 50% for correct answers).

In addition, there are two optional EPIC labs. You’ll earn 0.75% bonus for each lab you complete. You MUST sign up early for these labs, as space fills up quickly.

Lab 1: Exploring Crystal Structures with Zometool kits (1 hr) Jan 18 to Feb 2 in ETB 126 from 2:30 to 5:30 everyday.

Lab 2: Temperature Measurement (1 hr) March 14 to 29 location to be determined from 2:30 to 5:30 everyday.

Tests and Exams
There will be two term one-hour tests this semester. The subject area covered by each test will be posted on the Avenue site. The term tests will be held on:

Term test #1: Thursday February 4, 2014 7:00-8:00 pm
Term test #2: Thursday March 3, 2014 7:00-8:00 pm

Please consult Avenue for the locations of each test.

Contact Hannah Abram, the MSE Undergrad Administrative Assistant if you have a conflict for either test, JHE 357, ext 24295.

You will need a calculator for both the term tests and the final exam. The only acceptable calculator is the Casio FX 991. No other calculator is permitted. For both the term tests and the final exam you will be provided with a formula sheet. No other aids are allowed. You must bring your McMaster ID with you and display it on the writing table for inspection during tests and exams.

The final exam will cover all work studied throughout the semester. It will be three hours long. The date and time of the final exam will be scheduled by the Registrar’s Office.

If you are unable to submit an assignment or quiz, write a test or attend the final exam due to illness, complete the on-line McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF). More information can be found at the following link Please direct emails to our administrator Hannah Abram at

MSAFs for midterms will automatically result in the weight being added to your final exam, i.e. 65% exam. MSAFs for Avenue assignments will have the weight distributed over the remaining 4 assignments, i.e. 5% per assignment.

Homework Assignments on Avenue
There will be 5 homework assignments this semester. All of them will done be on Avenue.

The homework assignments will appear on Avenue 1 or 2 weeks before they are due. Assignments not submitted on time will not be marked. Assignments are due at 5 pm on the due date. However, there will be a 12-hour leniency period designed to give you some leeway in case you have computer problems or the server is down for some reason. No excuses will be accepted for not submitting your assignment on time.

All homework assignments will be completed using the quiz tool in Avenue. Most of you will be familiar with this from Level I Chemistry. There are some differences that you should keep in mind:
• The questions on each assignment are assigned randomly from a question bank. Each student will get a somewhat different set of questions that covers the same set of topics.
• We use a variety of question types including multiple choice, matched lists, true/false and numerical answer.
• The numerical answer questions have separate boxes for the numerical answer and the appropriate units. The units required are established by the question but you must supply the units in the appropriate form nonetheless. This is good engineering practice. The unit box is assigned 10% of the value of the question. The numerical part of a question is marked as correct if the answer is within +/- 5% of the correct value. No account is taken of the number of significant digits in your answer.
• Once an assignment is complete you will receive immediate feedback that will l enable you to determine where you went wrong on questions that were marked incorrect.
• You will be allowed to complete each assignment up to three times. Note that on each attempt you will receive a different set of questions from the question bank. Your overall grade for the assignment will be the highest grade for those assignments that you attempt. (i.e. you do not need to do the assignment more than once).

Course Objectives
MATLS 1M03 is an important part of your training as an engineer. It provides essential Knowledge Base in Natural Sciences.
By the end of this course you should understand:
• The main classes of materials and what distinguishes them
• The most important properties exhibited by materials:

  • The range of properties exhibited by materials
  • The basis for materials selection based on properties
  • How materials selection integrates with engineering design

In particular, you should know and understand:
(a) Types of bonding in solids and how they relate to key material properties such as melting point, thermal expansion and elastic constant.
(b) Arrangement of atoms in solids.
(c) The type of defects that exist within crystalline materials and their effect of material properties.
(d) The relation between energy band structure and the electrical properties of materials.
(e) Concept of steady-state and its application to simple diffusion and heat-transfer problems.
(f) Strengthening mechanisms and fracture in solids.
(g) Types and structure of natural and biomaterials.

As well as be able to:
(a) Write the Miller indices of planes and directions in cubic crystals.
(b) Read a binary phase diagram.
(c) Distinguish between elastic and plastic deformation
(d) Extract some material properties from experimental data.

To get to this understanding you need these fundamentals:
• The underlying structure of solids from the atomic to the macroscopic scale
• The nature of defects and microstructure in materials
• The mechanical properties of each class of materials
• The functional properties of each class of materials
• How properties depend on materials structure (microstructure / macrostructure)
You need to be familiar with the Statement on Academic Ethics and the Senate Resolutions on Academic Dishonesty. These documents are found in the Senate Policy Statements provided when you registered and are also available in the Senate Office. Any student who breaks these resolutions will be treated according to the published policy.

Academic dishonesty consists of misrepresentation by deception or by other fraudulent means and can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: “Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty”), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university. It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various kinds of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, specifically Appendix 3. Posting answers to homework questions or detailed methods of solution is not acceptable on the Avenue message board, or on other social sites, e.g. Facebook.

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:
1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
2. Improper collaboration in group work.
3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Academic Accommodation
Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140, ext. 2865 or e-mail For further information, consult McMaster University’s Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Discrimination Policy
McMaster University is concerned with ensuring an environment that is free of all adverse discrimination. If you encounter a problem that cannot be resolved through discussing it with the people involved, please contact the Department Chair, the Sexual Harassment Office or the Human Rights Consultant, as soon as possible.

At certain points in the course it may make good sense to modify the schedule outlined. The instructor reserves the right to modify elements of the course and will notify students accordingly (in class and post any changes to Avenue).