The Science of Materials

Ref: C3675210

Develop vocabulary used to describe the properties of materials using sweets. We will look at the different properties of metals and show why metals are used in everyday life. we will also look at the conditions needed for rusting and look at ways to prevent rusting. We will look at the advantages and disadvantages of using polymers. .

Course aim

There are many types of materials that have different properties. Learn some new words and apply your numerical skills to a practically based investigation of some common materials

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Use 5 words that can describe the property of a material.
  • Identify 2 properties of metals by experimental means. Produce a list of other properties of many metals
  • Carry out a practical to show the conditions needed for rusting
  • Test the elasticity (stretching) of two different materials.
  • Gain experience of recording your observations.(And have fun)

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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The Science of Materials

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
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