Materials Science and Engineering: An Introduction 7th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0471736967
ISBN-10: 0471736961
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The latest edition of this bestselling textbook treats the important properties of three primary types of material--metals, ceramics, polymers--as well as composites. Describes the relationships that exist between the structural elements of these materials and their characteristics. Emphasizes mechanical behavior and failure along with techniques used to improve the mechanical and failure properties in terms of alteration of structural elements. Individual chapters discuss each of the corrosion, electrical, thermal, magnetic, and optical properties plus economic, environmental, and societal issues. Features a design component which includes design examples, case studies, and design type problems and questions. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Hardcover: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 7 edition (February 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471736961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471736967
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Leslie Brown on June 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a terrific book on the subject of Materials Science.
This is the sort of book more engineers should read, as they lack knowledge in this department. It covers metals, ceramics, plastics and composites as well as briefly covering other materials such as semiconductors. It talks about fabrication processes, microstructures as well as the properties of typical materials - for example with metal alloys, casting, forging etc are discussed as well as phase diagrams.
The last section discusses the application of various materials for use in several different parts. In the edition I have, they are automobile valve springs, an artificial femoral component, and space shuttle tiles, as well as the strength-weight optimisation of various beams. It goes into each aspect of the design, for example how many stress cycles the valve will undergo in the typical lifetime, and give a specific failure rate. Quite interesting.
There are also sections on thermal properties, electrical properties, atomic lattices, and more... I can't remember, it's been a while since I last looked through it properly. In summary, this book is packed with sufficient information to give you general knowledge of each field covered and get you interested, without going overboard -something that most university textbooks tend to do.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Gregory P. Casavant on May 31, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book for a course in materials science. The course was structured as an independent study. I was responsible for studying the materials and I would take quizzes through e-mail. This book was my primary source of instruction for the course. Where the book could not support me in the quizzes, it was necessary to seek information elsewhere. My judgement of this book, therefore, is based on its thoroughness, mathematical rigorousness and its ability to explain concepts. Most of the topics covered in the course were well presented by the book. In particular, chapter 3, on the Structure of Crystalline Solids, was very well done. In general the writing style is good. The use of many figures and diagrams enhanced the explanations of physical phenomenon. I highly recommend it for an intuitive viewpoint into material science. Where the book falls down is in the realm of calculation. There are too few formula given. Where they are given, there are too few examples on their use. Chapter 6 on the Mechanical Properties of Metals, and chapter 9 on Phase Diagrams, are sections that failed in this regard. However, the books lack of over-reliance on formula and mathematics is a great enhancement for those just beginning an exploration of the science or a career in engineering. Too many numbers on a page would be a discouragement to those wishing to enjoy the material. Therefore, I would recommend this book as a sophomore level introduction to Material Science, for which, in fact, it has been written.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Elim Garak on March 18, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Materials by Callister is a detailed, yet verbose book. I used it as a textbook for a 1st year Materials course at university, and while the book contains a lot of detail, most of it is contained within great slabs of written language, often without the aid of diagrams.
This may be fine for senior undergraduate or postgraduate students, but for beginner students it simply isn't the way to teach a subject. My suggestions for future editions would be to tone down the language to a more basic level, and to include more diagrams to aid the student in conceptualisation.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Frank on January 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The depth, clarity with which he surveys materials science concepts will make this text indispensable for both studying and practicing engineers for years to come. Without a doubt, this is one of the most well written textbooks I have ever had the pleasure of reading.All the figures are well drawn, the green fonts here and there seem quiet. All the tough theories, concepts just jump out of the line and hit my forehead.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 1, 1997
Format: Hardcover
This is the best textbook for sophore with a materials science major. It gives you a whole spectrum of the materials from the very fundemantal standpoint like electronic structure. I also like its plain and straight-forward style. The author really tried hard to boil down the complicate theories and to make it friendly to the beginners of this area. For instance, when talking about mechanical properties, he avoided a lot of scary mathematic equation but still keep its original flavor. It is an art that you use non-fat and sweetener but the dish is still delicious. I also like the format of this book. All the figures are well drawn, the green fonts here and there seem quiet. When I read this book, I feel that all the tough theories, concepts just jump out of the line and hit my forehead. This is one of my favorie textbook. It is the best book for sophmore.

Jane Y. Howe
Ph.D. candidate
NYS College of ceramics at alfred university
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Arthem on April 26, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent textbook, particularly contrasted with other alternatives. The subjects are presented in a rational, systematic manner with the appropriate emphasis put on the necessary fundamental concepts. The example problems are relevant and appropriately challenging.
Having audited a course using this text, and having since used it as a reference volume, I am particularly appreciative of the clarity of explanations and the balance of information necessary for introduction vs. the more detailed excursions that are more appropriate to specialized texts.
I have to admit that I never used the associated software, and was mildly amused by the similarity of the various subject icons with the "for Dummies" series of books. Other than these minor complaints, the text is flawless for its purposes.
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