Physical Properties of Materials, Second Edition

Mary Anne White

June 28, 2011 by CRC Press
Textbook - 469 Pages - 273 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439866511 - CAT# K12969

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  • Presents an atomic and molecular approach to understanding the properties of materials
  • Introduces the principles underlying a wide variety of physical properties of materials
  • Provides tutorials that encourage students to discover the physical principles behind such important advances as fiber optics, heat storage, memory metals, and more
  • Includes 300 end-of-chapter problems as well as numerous real-life examples and illustrations
  • Offers many ancillary resources for students and instructors on a companion website

New to the Second Edition

  • Coverage of materials sustainability, structure of materials, nanomaterials, carbon nanotubes, graphene, quantum dots, spintronics, magnetoresistance, and polymer classifications
  • Tutorial on the materials science of cymbals
  • More than 60 new problems, updated references at the end of each chapter, and revised diagrams

Solutions manual and electronic figure files available upon qualifying course adoption



Designed for advanced undergraduate students, Physical Properties of Materials, Second 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 students 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 problems at the end of each chapter. 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 second edition presents a discussion of materials sustainability, a description of crystalline structures, and discussion of current and recent developments, including graphene, carbon nanotubes, nanocomposites, magnetocaloric effect, and spintronics. Along with a new capstone tutorial on the materials science of cymbals, this edition contains more than 60 new end-of-chapter problems, bringing the total to 300 problems.

Web Resource
The book’s companion website ( provides updates to the further reading sections, links to relevant movies and podcasts for each chapter, video demonstrations, and additional problems. It also offers sources of demonstration materials for lectures and PowerPoint slides of figures from the book.

More information can be found on a recent press release describing the book and the website.