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Materials Science through Food

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Spring 2015
MSE 98/198
2 Unit(s)

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About the Course:

The Materials Science Through Food DeCal was created to introduce the field of materials science and engineering (MSE) to students of various backgrounds. MSE is an incredibly important and widespread field, but few have a basic understanding of what it encompasses. Our hope is that through taking this course, students will gain a good understanding of basic materials science through fun activities involving food.

The class will cover basic MSE concepts, such crystal structure and phase transformations, with alternating lecture and lab days. All concepts will be explored through food experiments, as food is a medium we all know and love. A preview of the labs we've planned:

  • Tempering chocolate
  • Artificial (juice) caviar aka popping boba
  • Rice krispy treats

The course consists of 12 weeks of 1.5-hour meetings. Each lecture will be followed by a short quiz on the material. More than 2 unexcused absences will result in a NP.

How to Enroll:

Attend the first class to be eligible to apply for the course. All class levels are welcome.

Course Contact: q.zhang AT

Faculty Sponsor: Mark Asta

Time & Location:

WeeklyNishant Biswas
Alan Lin
Qian Zhang
20290 Hearst MiningTu 6p-7:30p2/03full

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