MCEN 5293 - Mechanics of Soft Matter Course uri icon



  • Provides a general overview of fundamental concepts behind the mechanical behavior of soft matter. The term soft matter (which includes polymers, colloids, liquid crystals and surfactants, to name a few) is typically used to describe classes of materials whose structural unit is much larger than atoms, making their response more complex and often richer that of traditional solids. The objective of this class is to understand how chemical and mechanical forces between these small units yield macroscopic behaviors that one can observe in everyday life. Key engineering applications will also be discussed. Approved for the Biomedical Option and Biomedical Minor. Recommended prerequisite: knowledge comparable to that gained through MCEN 2063. Same as MCEN 4293.