Nature And Properties Of Materials-An Introductory Course

By Prof. Ashish Garg   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 319
The course is first part of the broader course on Introduction to Nature of materials and would be suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate students of every branch of science and engineering. The first part of this course will focus on essentials of crystallography, crystal structures of different classes of materials, structure determination and defects in materials. 

INTENDED AUDIENCE: UG and PG students of science and engineering of non-materials related background.

PREREQUISITES: 12th standard science background

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Materials related companies
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Metallurgy and Material science & Mining Engineering
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 16 Sep 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 25 Sep 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1  : Introduction and Basic crystallography
Week 2  : Symmetry
Week 3  : Crystal Systems, Bravais Lattices and Miller Indices, Interstices
Week 4  : Structure of Metals and Alloys
Week 5  : Structure of Ceramics
Week 6  : Structure of Polymers
Week 7  : Structure Determination: X-ray diffraction
Week 8  : Defects in Materials

Books and references

  1. V. Raghavan, Materials Science and Engineering: A First Course, Prentice Hall of India. (Text)
  2. W.D. Callister, Material s Science and Engineering: A Introduction, Wiley
  3. J. Wulff, The Structure and Properties of Materials, Wiley (Vol 1: Structure, Vol 2: Thermodynamics of Structure, Vol 3: Mechanical Behaviour, Vol 4: Electronic Properties)

Instructor bio

Prof. Ashish Garg

IIT Kanpur
Ashish Garg is Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at IIT Kanpur. Details of his research and teaching can be accessed on home.iitk.ac.in/~ashishg/

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 25 September 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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