Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering, 4th Edition

ISBN: 9781118287989

Callister and Rethwisch’s Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering 4th Edition continues to be the go-to text for basic materials science concepts. Written in a clear and concise way, this text will help you to understand the fundamentals of structures and property types as they relate to the three basic material types: metals, ceramics, and polymeric materials. Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering, 4th Edition will help you throughout your engineering degree and into your career.


  • Fundamentals at an Appropriate Level: The authors present the basic fundamentals by using familiar terminology and explaining new terms and concepts.
  • The Virtual Materials Science and Engineering (VMSE) software facilitates student visualization of molecular structures and the learning of key concepts.
  • Topics and concepts are treated in sufficient detail to the extent that you have the opportunity to fully understand it without having to consult other sources.
  • Numerous full-color illustrations help readers to visualize the subject matter.
  • Why Study? at the opening of each chapter highlights important applications of materials science engineering.
  • Support for Materials Selection: Appendices that list property and price databases for a large number of materials.
1. Introduction
2. Atomic Structure and Interatomic Bonding
3. Structures of Metals and Ceramics
4. Polymer Structures
5. Imperfections in Solids
6. Diffusion
7. Mechanical Properties
8. Deformation and Strengthening Mechanisms
9. Failure
10. Phase Diagrams
11. Phase Transformations
12. Electrical Properties
13. Types and Applications of Materials
14. Synthesis, Fabrication, and Processing of Materials
15. Composites
16. Corrosion and Degradation of Materials
17. Thermal Properties
18. Magnetic Properties
19. Optical Properties
20. Economic, Environmental, and Societal Issues in Materials Science and Engineering
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