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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Graham Edward


Bonding: atomic/molecular arrangement. Crystal systems: directions and planes, stereographic projection; metallic, ionic and ceramic crystals. Defects: vacancies and interstitials; dislocations; stacking faults, twin and grain boundaries. Thermodynamics: condensed systems; entropy, Gibbs free energy; ideal and non-ideal solutions; surface energy and microstructure. Phase Equilibria and Microstructures: Gibbs phase rule; free energy diagrams; phase diagrams; deviations from ideality, phase separation; ordering; eutectic, eutectoid, peritectic and peritectoid reactions; non-equilibrium microstructures, implications for physical properties.


On completion of this unit students will be able to: identify the different materials from which everyday products are made; understand the role of the different materials in the operation of that product; appreciate how the component would have been fabricated; understand the origins of mechanical properties of materials at the macroscopic (continuum) and microscopic (atomic) levels; appreciate the importance of a co-operative team effort in materials evaluation; and prepare written reports on laboratory experiments.


Examinations (3 hours): 50%
Mid semester test: 7%
Laboratory work: 25%
Assignments: 18%
Students must achieve a pass mark in the laboratory component to be eligible to achieve an overall pass grade.

Chief examiner(s)

Professor George Simon

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lecture/tutorial classes per week. Six 3-hour laboratory classes per semester.