3.014 Materials Laboratory

As taught in: Fall 2006

Photo of lab equipment taken through window.

A student works on the scanning microscope in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory. (Photo by MIT OpenCourseWare.)




Prof. Francesco Stellacci
(Principal Instructor)

Prof. Linn Hobbs

Prof. Silvija Gradecak

Course Features

Course Highlights

This course features notes on 24 individual lab experiments; four of these labs are also documented by videos, and photos are presented for a fifth lab.

Course Description

This course is a required sophomore subject in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, designed to be taken in conjunction with the core lecture subject 3.012 Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering. The laboratory subject combines experiments illustrating the principles of quantum mechanics, thermodynamics and structure with intensive oral and written technical communication practice. Specific topics include: experimental exploration of the connections between energetics, bonding and structure of materials, and application of these principles in instruments for materials characterization; demonstration of the wave-like nature of electrons; hands-on experience with techniques to quantify energy (DSC), bonding (XPS, AES, FTIR, UV/Vis and force spectroscopy), and degree of order (x-ray scattering) in condensed matter; and investigation of structural transitions and structure-property relationships through practical materials examples.

Professor Anne Mayes led the development and teaching of this course in prior years.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .rm.