Discipline Literacy of Material Engineering

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Material science, which is also known as material engineering, is considered an interdisciplinary field and it mainly applies the properties of matters on the earth to a variety of areas concerning science and engineering. In the more advanced stage, the discipline will reach a new scientific field to explore the connection between the structure of materials at the atomic or molecular level and their macroscopic attributes. Moreover, it also includes factors of applied physics and chemistry in which Nano science and nanotechnology have been put the most attention. With the further development, material science is more known as a particular field for science and engineering (Newey, etal, 1990)It should be noted that most of the difficult scientific issues in the world at the current stage, are caused by the limitation and restriction of materials which are available. Hence, once breakthroughs are made in this field it will have a far-reaching impact on the future development of technology. It is the purpose of this paper to explore the disciplinary literacy of material science, the method of building knowledge in this specific field so as to inform learners in the process of learning.

To begin with, it should be known that the chosen material of a certain era can be a turning point, such as the stone age, bronze age, the iron age as well as the steel age etc. Initially, the material science is derived from the ceramics manufacturing as well as its putative derivative metallurgy hence material science can be seen as one of the oldest types of engineering and applied science in the world. It is based on metallurgy that the modern material science is formed, and metallurgy is further evolved from mining, ceramics and the adoption ...

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