Designed for advanced undergraduate students and as a useful reference book for materials researchers, Physical Properties of Materials, Third Edition establishes the principles that control the optical, thermal, electronic, magnetic, and mechanical properties of materials. Using an atomic and molecular approach, this introduction to materials science offers readers a wide-ranging survey of the field and a basis to understand future materials. The author incorporates comments on applications of materials science, extensive references to the contemporary and classic literature, and 350 end-of-chapter problems. In addition, unique tutorials allow students to apply the principles to understand applications, such as photocopying, magnetic devices, fiber optics, and more.

This fully revised and updated Third Edition includes new materials and processes, such as topological insulators, 3-D printing, and more information on nanomaterials. The new edition also now adds Learning Goals at the end of each chapter and a Glossary with more than 500 entries for quick reference.

part I|16 pages


chapter 1|14 pages

Introduction to Materials Science

part II|108 pages

Color and Other Optical Properties of Materials

chapter 2|27 pages

Atomic and Molecular Origins of Color

chapter 3|23 pages

Color in Metals and Semiconductors

chapter 5|20 pages

Other Optical Effects

part III|194 pages

Thermal Properties of Materials

chapter 7|21 pages

Thermal Expansion

chapter 8|19 pages

Thermal Conductivity

chapter 9|60 pages

Thermodynamic Aspects of Phase Stability

chapter 10|24 pages

Surface and Interfacial Phenomena

chapter 11|19 pages

Other Phases of Matter

part IV|76 pages

Electrical and Magnetic Properties of Materials

chapter 12|49 pages

Electrical Properties

chapter 13|24 pages

Magnetic Properties

part V|52 pages

Mechanical Properties of Materials

chapter 14|50 pages

Mechanical Properties