Who is this class for: "A MUST COURSE FOR BUDDING MATERIAL ENGINEERS/ MATERIAL SCIENTISTS!! Professor Shackelford is so awesome!! The way he taught the course helped me grasp the fundamentals of material science better than any that taught me during my four year bachelor tenure in Material engineering." ~Course Completer

Created by:  University of California, Davis

  • James Shackelford

    Taught by:  James Shackelford, Distinguished Professor Emeritus

    Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Commitment5 weeks, 3 hours per week
How To PassPass all graded assignments to complete the course.
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Rated 4.6 out of 5 of 376 ratings

The general contents of the course are very satisfying. The connections between units (i.e. things) are very good and consecutive. Each topic has a connection with at least another one. Everything starts with Arrhenius and ends with Arrhenius. I appreciate Prof. James Shackelford for establishing such a connection throughout the course which makes whole subject fully understandable. However there were some numerical problems on some quiz of things (units). These numerical problems are so simple but there were not any example that shows the method how to interpret these problems to solve though. The trainee is supposed to solve these problems from the given equations. But it is sometimes hard to realize how to use the formula practically if one is not directly working on this specific subject. The other thing is about the semiconductor subject in where the n doped extrinsic semiconductors and the donor electrons with the energy level close to the conduction band are explained very good. Whereas there is no information about the p doped extrinsic sc's and acceptor holes with the energy level close to the valance band. Of course this course is about the material science and does not contain the electronics subject which is related with the electron flow under certain electric field. But I wish I saw the p-n junction with associated Fermi diagrams and how it shows the valve characteristics to the electrons under certain conditions of electric field. But anyway I got so many things that I need and I appreciate for these.

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very useful and informative course.

Thank you for this interesting and very well presented course!