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Foundations of Materials Science and Engineering [Hardcover]

William Smith , Javad Hashemi
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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April 9, 2009 0073529249 978-0073529240 5
Smith/Hashemi's Foundations of Materials Science and Engineering, 5/e provides an eminently readable and understandable overview of engineering materials for undergraduate students. This edition offers a fully revised chemistry chapter and a new chapter on biomaterials as well as a new taxonomy for homework problems that will help students and instructors gauge and set goals for student learning. Through concise explanations, numerous worked-out examples, a wealth of illustrations & photos, and a brand new set of online resources, the new edition provides the most student-friendly introduction to the science & engineering of materials.

The extensive media package available with the text provides Virtual Labs, tutorials, and animations, as well as image files, case studies, FE Exam review questions, and a solutions manual and lecture PowerPoint files for instructors.


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About the Author

Javad Hashemi is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Texas Tech University and is currently serving as the Associate Dean for Research in the Edward E. Whitacre College of Engineering. Javad received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University in 1988. He has been teaching undergraduate and graduate materials and mechanics courses, as well as laboratories, at Texas Tech University since 1991. Dr. Hashemi has an extensive research background in manufacturing, structural, and synthesis aspects of materials. His current research focus is the areas of materials, biomaterials, and engineering education. The late William F. Smith was Professor Emeritus of Engineering in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department of the University of Central Florida at Orlando, Florida. He was awarded an M.S. degree in metallurgical engineering from Purdue University and a Sc.D. degree in metallurgy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Smith, who was a registered professional engineer in the states of California and Florida, taught undergraduate and graduate materials science and engineering courses and actively wrote textbooks for many years. He was also the author of Structure and Properties of Engineering Alloys, Second Edition (McGraw- Hill, 1993). --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 1056 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 5 edition (April 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073529249
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073529240
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Buy the newer editions July 21, 2005
Format:Hardcover
This textbook was one the most commonly used textbooks in undergraduate materials science classes throughout the 1990s. Though old, and written at an introductory level, it is worth reading cover to cover. The book covers all the major material classes (metals, semiconductors, polymers, ionic materials, etc..), covers all the basic principles (diffusion, bonding, corrosion, crystal defects, etc...), and includes a lot of diagrams, tables, figures, and pictures.

The text is easy enough to read for any engineering college student, and really only requires someone to have had freshmen chemistry and physics (mechanics and E&M). The chapters and sub-sections are well laid out, with sample problems and solutions for each section. Each chapter is followed with homework questions. All the pictures are in black and white, thereby keeping the printing costs and hence purchase price low. The figures themselves are easy enough to understand, and the basic rules of labeling data series, adding legends, providing units on chart axes, etc.. are followed.

The principle drawbacks to this book are the numerous errors in the sample problems and solutions, and the homework problems and solutions. For a classroom setting, these errors end up requiring the instructor to do the problems him/herself, instead of just asking the students to find the answer at the back of the book. This might actually be a good thing, forcing instructors to devote more time to review the homework they assign, but that is another discussion. These errors are by and large fixed in the newer editions of this book, so I would not recommend buying this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars covers all the basics September 15, 2005
Format:Hardcover
This is an excellent book providing a clear, easy to understand, overview of the basic principles of material science and engineering. Covered are all the essential topics including the chemistry and physics behind the structure of metal, ceramic, polymer, composite and electronic materials. Also included are optical, magnetic and electrical properties of materials with relevance to optical fibers, superconductors, and semiconductors. This is a great book for a student's first exposure to material science or as a reference for practicing engineers. I personally found chapters covering the mechanical properties of metals and corrosion well presented and a useful workplace reference. The book provides great insight to real world applications, bridging the gap between theory and practice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book August 21, 2009
Format:Hardcover
It is a good book to start material science. The first chapter a good overview and has interesting insight to get the reader interested in material science and engineering. However, I feel in the second chapter it goes too far back into detail about atoms, electron clouds, quantum numbers and things of that sort. Just seems like stuff from a general chemistry book rather than a material science book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Fills its niche poorly January 31, 2012
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If you are reading this review, you are undoubtedly buying this book for your materials science course. Fair warning to you. Materials science is basically a niche course and the number of texts available that cover the material is tiny. This is the only explanation I can come up with for the popularity of this text.

Even for an engineering textbook, where the standards of what constitutes a good textbook are exceedingly low, this one stands out to me. The subjects are covered superficially, but the order is well thought out (hence 2 stars instead of 1), and because of that superficiality you would expect to get better coverage from the sample problems at the end of the chapter. Alas! Only one in ten of those problems actually has an answer in the back of the book that you can use to check your work. There isn't even a student solutions manual as an accompaniment.

Long story short, hope that your professor is thorough and take good notes in class, because this text will be a useless paperweight taking up space on your desk.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great For College October 13, 2013
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I enjoy this book. Professor even uses some info for his thesis on his Phd.
I ordered with Amazon used and it came in a very good time and it was very clean and neat.
Only a few pencil marks in it.
Great book if you are going school for engineering. Teaches you a lot.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you! July 17, 2013
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Thank you~~, this book is good and thank you for the quality of the book print, description and it is clear to understand the main idea of each theory..
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for class March 6, 2013
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I needed this book for materials science and it was cheaper than I found anywhere else. It did the job.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok February 3, 2013
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I bought a used book, but I didn't think it would be this bad, It had hairs and other follicles inside every page.
But then again once used always 'used'.
it's ok, it's readable.
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I do not remember ever reading this book. Not my sort of thing. Something lost in accounting. Someone probably would like it.
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Published on September 13, 2010 by ChemEGator
5.0 out of 5 stars Foundations of Materials Science and Engineering 2nd Edition
I've been having this book for many years by now, probably over 10 years. However, the contents of the book relates truly to the title, "Foundations of Materials Science and... Read more
Published on August 13, 2010 by David Quinones
3.0 out of 5 stars errors a problem...
Generally clear explanations, but errors given in some of the examples made times extremely frustrating. Errata on companion website is no help either.
Published on May 1, 2010 by S. Story
3.0 out of 5 stars Acceptable
The book is in OK condition. The seller didn't state that it was written in, nor did they state the extent of the corner damage. Read more
Published on February 17, 2010 by Kevin Manieri
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