Introduction

Module Objective:

The objective of this module is to explore the world of ceramic materials through applications, properties, and processing.

Key Concepts:

Examples and applications of ceramic materials

Ceramic bonding mechanisms and how they influence properties

Properties of ceramics (mechanical, electrical, thermal, and optical).

Preparation and testing of crystalline and amorphous ceramic materials

Prerequisites:

Some familiarity with the following concepts would be helpful in the understanding of the information in this module.

Basic chemical bonding (ionic & covalent)

Electronegativity

Hydrated materials

Density

Placement in Curriculum:

This module could be included in a chemistry course with crystalline structure, density or bonding; in physics with mechanics, heat, optics,and electronics; and in general/tech science as an application of materials in their lives.

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