In Chapter 12 we will take a brief tour of "Modern Materials". If you google the phrase, Material Science, you'll see lots of hits from a variety areas in both science and engineering. It is truly a multidisciplinary field due to the breadth of it's applications in electronics, aerospace, forensics, medicine, etc.,. Also, the size and types of materials explored is endless...ionic and covalent crystals, semiconductors, polymers, and many type of composite materials. Many of the google hits are university departments specializing in both the synthesis, characterization, and engineering of new materials. Check out MIT's website...and look at the Research Areas by the large number of various faculty from diverse academic backgrounds.
We will not spend more than a couple of lectures on materials, but I think it will be worth the time given how surrounded we are with so many of these new creations.
I also posted a new MasteringChem assignment for chapt. 12.
See you in class...