2020 Material and Molecular Engineering

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering
Takahashi Kunio  Cross Jeffrey Scott  Matsumoto Yoshihisa 
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Lecture    (ZOOM)
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Tue1-2(S513)  Fri1-2(S513)  
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Course description and aims

This course aims to teach the basics of quantum mechanics and statistical thermodynamics of atomic interactions, and explain its relation to the material properties of metallic materials, semiconductor, insulator, polymer, ceramics etc.

Student learning outcomes

After studying this subject, the students should be able to:
1. acquire the basic knowledge of atomic/molecular interactions in engineering materials which is very essential in determining the material properties.
2. apply their knowledge to select material properties, understand how they can be manipulated, and determine what processes that best meet the requirement of an engineering design.


Quantum mechanics, material properties, stastitical mechanics, thermodynamics.

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Towards the end of classes, students will be asked to make brief summary, group discussion, or, exercise problems related the topics taught in the class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Basics of quantum mechanics To understand equation of motion, Schrödinger equation
Class 2 Isolated hydrogen atom To understand analytic solution of Schrödinger equation under Born-Oppenheimer approximation
Class 3 Electron configuration and the line spectrum To understand spectral lines emitted from hydrogen plasma, principle of spectroscopy equipment
Class 4 Basics of atomic bonding To understand LCAO concept, Ionic bond, Covalent bond, and Metallic bond
Class 5 Comprehensive understanding of materials properties based on the basic of atomic bonding To understand the relation of atomic bonding and materials properties
Class 6 Material/molecular structure and properties: Mechanical engineering perspective To understand the concept of mechanical properties of materials
Class 7 Material/molecular structure and properties: Chemical engineering perspective To understand the concept chemical properties of materials
Class 8 Material/molecular structure and properties: Electrical engineering perspective To understand the concept electrical properties of materials
Class 9 Basic of Stastical Mechanics To understand the principle of statistical mechanics in term of the definition of temperature, equilibrium state, etc
Class 10 Thermal properties of Material To undestand the usage of statistical mechanics to explain thermal properties of material
Class 11 First law of thermodynamics To understand the first law of thermodynamics and its application
Class 12 Second and third laws of thermodynamics To understand the second and third laws of thermodynamics and its application
Class 13 Heat and mass Transfer To understand the principle of energy and mass transfer
Class 14 State Transition To understand the principle of state transition in chemical reaction

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Callister, W.D. "Materials Science and Engineering: An Introduction", 7th edition, John Wiley and Sons, Inc. (2007).

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Smith, W. F., " Foundations of Materials Science and Engineering", 4th edition, McGraw-Hill. (2006)
Atkins, P., Paula, J. D., "Physical Chemistry", 9th edition, W. H. Freeman and Company. (2010)

Assessment criteria and methods

Reports and final exam
(may be changed according to the situation around COVID19)

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Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Bases of Ordinary and Patial differential equations

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