This course is about familiarizing you with key concepts in physical metallurgy and their application in materials science. It provides introduction to concepts like phase, phase diagram, thermodynamics and kinetics of materials, phase transformations, crystal defects and their role in response of materials to mechanical loads. It assumes an introductory level knowledge of crystallography, diffraction and thermodynamics which are covered in MS1020 Metallic Materials.


A tentative evaluation strategy for the course is given below:

  1. Assignments (2-4): 20-30%
  2. Short quizzes (2-4): 10-20%
  3. Long quizzes (2): 50-60%
  4. Class participation: 5-10%


  1. Modern Physical Metallurgy by Smallman and Ngan, 8th Edition, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2013.
  2. Physical Metallurgy Principles by Abbaschian, Abbaschian and Reed-Hill, 4th Edition, Wadsworth Publishing, 2008.


  1. Google classroom site for the course (code l58d5i).
  2. DoITPoMS sites on many topics, e.g. solid solution, phase diagrams, dislocations, diffusion, slip, optical microscopy.

The website for this course is now at Google Classroom. Please register there with course code nvj86e for updates.

Topics: Phase stability and free energy of mixing; free energy-composition diagrams and phase diagrams; defects and diffusion; nucleation and growth; liquid-solid, precipitation, disorder-order, spinodal and martensitic phase transformations.

Prerequisites: Understanding of college level calculus (partial derivatives and differential equations) is assumed. Familiarity with the concepts of crystal structure and solution thermodynamics will certainly be helpful, but it is not a prerequisite for the course.
  1. Phase Transformations in Metals & Alloys: David Porter, Kenneth Easterling, and Mohamed Sherif, CRC Press, 3rd Edition.
  2. Introduction to Materials Thermodynamics: David Gaskell, CRC Press, 5th Edition.
  3. Diffusion in Solids: Paul Shewmon, Wiley, 2nd Edition.

This is an intro level Metal Physics course for the first (MSME) and second year (ES) undergrads. We shall first review basic features of a Bohr atom and then go on to introduce electron theories of metals. Using these models, we shall try to understand stuff like intermolecular forces, bonding, cohesion, and conductivity.