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Student Edition
Instructor Edition
Foundations of Materials Science and Engineering, 4/e

William F Smith, University of Central Florida
Javad Hashemi, Texas Tech University

ISBN: 0072953586
Copyright year: 2006

Book Preface


Foundations of Materials Science and Engineering, Fourth Edition is designed for a first course in materials science and engineering for engineering students. Understanding that this might be a student’s first exposure to materials science, the book presents essential topics in a clear, concise manner, without extraneous details to overwhelm newcomers. Industrial examples and photographs used throughout the book give students a look at the many ways material science and engineering are applied in the real world.


In addition to its already renowned student friendly writing style and applications to industry, the fourth edition offers new features including a thorough coverage of modern materials science topics that prepare students for life outside the classroom. The new sections are:
  • New reference to smart materials/devices, MEMs, and nanomaterials (1.1)
  • New reference to superalloys and their biomedical applications (1.3)
  • Added discussion of engineering plastics and applications in automobiles (1.3.2)
  • Added discussion of engineering ceramics and applications (1.3.3)
  • Added discussion of matrix materials (1.3.4)
  • New coverage of smart materials and nanomaterials (1.5)
  • New section featuring a simplified case study in selection of materials for the frame and forks of a bicycle (1.6)
  • New coverage of amorphous materials was added in chapter 3
  • Added references to long and short range order (SRO also known as amorphous materials) (3.1)
  • New section on amorphous materials (3.12)
  • Chapter 4 has been split into chapters 4 and 5 for the fourth edition so diffusion can be covered in a standalone chapter
  • Coverage of microscopes added to the end of chapter 4
  • Added coverage of planar defects and twin boundaries (4.4.3)
  • New section on volume defects (4.4.4)
  • New section on experimental techniques for identification of microstructure and defects (4.5)
  • Added coverage of fine-grained metals and the Hall-Petch equation in chapter 6
  • New case study in failure and coverage of recent advances in improving mechanical performance in chapter 7
  • Added coverage of failure for the fracture of metals (7.1)
  • New section on ductile to brittle transition temperature (7.1.4)
  • New section on recent advances and future directions in improving the mechanical performance of metals (7.7)
  • New coverage of cooling curves in chapter 8
  • Added coverage of intermediate compounds (8.11.1)
  • Three new sections devoted to advanced alloys and their application in biomedical engineering has been added to chapter 9
  • New section devoted to biomedical applications of polymeric materials added to chapter 10
  • New section with coverage of bucky balls and carbon nano-tubes (11.2.12)
  • New section on ceramic coatings and surface engineering (11.9)
  • New section on ceramics in biomedical applications (11.10)
  • New section on nanotechnology and ceramics (11.11)
  • New section on bone: a natural composite material (12.11)
  • New section on hydrogen damage (13.5.11)
  • New section on nanoelectronics (14.9)
  • New appendix featuring extensive materials properties reference

Other New Features:
  • Learning objectives have been added to every chapter
  • Icons have been added to highlight the supplemental media resources (insert icon)
  • Many new chapter openers and interior photos are included

Retained features:
  • Over 1200 end-of-chapter problems and over 180 materials selection and design problems are offered
  • Over 140 example problems
  • Modern applications of materials
  • A concise, readable style is used throughout; readers are given understandable explanations without excessive detail


Student CD-ROM

There is a new student CD-ROM to accompany the fourth edition of Foundations of Materials Science and Engineering featuring a wealth of visualization and study materials.
  • Three Virtual Labs, with video, interactive quizzing, and step-by-step real-life processes (with possible pitfalls), are included to better prepare students for the laboratory or serve as a simulation of an actual laboratory experience for students. Lab topics: Measurement of Hardness Using Rockwell Hardness test, Metallography, Tensile Testing.
  • An extensive lab manual in PDF and Word format coordinates with the Virtual Labs.
  • MatVis 2.0 crystal visualization software allows students to create different crystal structures and molecules, as well as view already created structures.
  • ICENine phase diagram software allows students to search a list of phase diagrams and find the composition at any given temperature.
  • EES (Engineering Equation Solver) computational software provides students with capability to solve materials science problems.
  • Animations cover bonds, bond forces, rotating crystals, atomic packing arrangements, different crystal planes and coordination members, among other topics. Likewise, tutorials with sound are provided.
  • Extensive, searchable materials properties database.
  • Bonus chapters on "Materials for MEMS and Microsystems," a chapter from Tai-Ran Hsu's MEMS and Microsystems: Design and Manufacture.
  • Multiple choice quizzes on atomic numbers/masses, electronic structure, galvanic cell/corrosion, ionic bonding and Rutherford's Experiment.
  • Numerous web links to professional sites and reference materials

Instructor’s Resource CD-ROM
  • Lecture PowerPoint slides with added animations, videos, and images not included in the text
  • Text images in Jpeg format
  • Solutions manual in PDF and Word formats
  • Teaching resources to help instructors incorporate the Virtual Labs and other media into their course
  • Lab manual to accompany the Virtual Labs
  • Sample syllabi
  • Transition guides to help instructors transition from their current text to the 4th edition of Smith/Hashemi

COSMOS CD-ROM for Instructors
The detailed solutions for all text problems are delivered in our new electronic Complete Online Solutions Manual Organization System. COSMOS is a database management tool geared towards assembling homework assignments, tests and quizzes. No longer do instructors need to wade through thick solutions manuals or huge Word files. COSMOS helps them to quickly find solutions, and also keeps a record of problems assigned to avoid duplication in subsequent semesters. Instructors can contact their McGraw-Hill sales representative at to obtain a copy of the COSMOS solutions manual.

Online Learning Center
Web support is provided for the book at the website Visit this site for book and supplement information, errata, author information, and resources for further study or reference.

To obtain an instructor login for this Online Learning Center, ask your local sales representative. If you're an instructor thinking about adopting this textbook, request a free copy for review.