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Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering: An Integrated Approach [Hardcover]

William D. Callister , David G. Rethwisch
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May 22, 2012 9781118061602 978-1118061602 4
Callister and Rethwisch's Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering, 4th Edition continues to take the integrated approach to the organization of topics. That is, one specific structure, characteristic, or property type at a time is discussed for all three basic material types — metals, ceramics, and polymeric materials. This order of presentation allows for the early introduction of non-metals and supports the engineer's role in choosing materials based upon their characteristics. Also discussed are new, cutting-edge materials. Using clear, concise terminology that is familiar to students, Fundamentals presents material at an appropriate level for both student comprehension and instructors who may not have a materials background.

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  • Hardcover: 936 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 4 edition (May 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781118061602
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118061602
  • ASIN: 1118061608
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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When I began my undergraduate studies in Materials Science and Engineering, this was the book that was required. It's since been a great companion through (almost) all of my undergraduate courses, and is an extremely handy reference as a graduate student. I also had the pleasure of TAing for a section of our Intro. to Materials course this term, and I have some observations about this text. I hope that the publishers and authors work on some of the issues below in the fifth edition (since the fourth doesn't seem to have changed much/any from what I have seen so far).

PROS
1. Great text and figures: the text is highly readable and does a good job of placing nuances of certain equations and figures in plain sight (e.g. the conditional definition of "a" is clearly visible near the fracture toughness equation, etc.).
2. Great introductory/refresher level in ALL areas: the authors avoid giving "special treatment" to their pet subjects like many authors do in other undergraduate texts.
3. Good binding, construction, and paper. (Although this particular "pro" might be a "con" to some, see point #5.)

CONS
4. Problems can use a little bit of actual thought before the fifth edition instead of simply rearranging them (again): one of the largest problems with this text is the overuse of tiny figures in the homework. This makes life miserable as a student (trust me, I remember this clearly), and, amazingly, even MORE hellish as a TA and grader. Do the publishers honestly think that students will turn in scanned/printed figures with homework? Of course not! In the 21st century, I would think that there would be a clever way to make access to figures easier, like including them on the (otherwise pretty useless) CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars my teacher sucked December 18, 2013
By Nick
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this textbook saved my life for my materials science class. If you have a bad teacher who doesn't even go through example problems and just reads off years old slides that are somewhat relevant to the topic, this textbook will cover everything you need to know
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5.0 out of 5 stars good deal December 23, 2013
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Bought for my sophomore son as the bookstore run by B&N is a pure profit machine. This used textbook was about $80 below their used text.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It is what it is and it does what it is supposed to do November 23, 2013
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I don't have much to compare it to as a materials book. However, it seems to explain concepts fundamental to materials science in an understandable format.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lehigh mat 33 book October 5, 2013
By Joseph
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Item was new, hard cover as described, shipped quickly when I needed it for class. Happy I got a better deal on it too than the bookstore.
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