Colorado Technical University
The Sciences: Inquiry, Innovation and Invention
July 19, 2012
Phase 1 Individual Project
The 3 Essential Properties of Every Material
There are three essential properties of every material that scientists use as a premise for most every study. The first is the kind of atoms that the material is made up of. You have your neutral elements and your compound elements. The neutral elements have the same amount of protons and electrons, which basically cancel each other out leaving them neutral. The compound element deals with combining more than one element. The second is the way those atoms are arranged. A good example of this is by comparing atoms of liquid and atoms of solids. For instance the atoms of liquids move around freer than atoms of solids which are packed together. The third is the way the atoms are bonded together. There are for key properties to understand when studying a material. The strength of the material, which is its ability to withstand forces being applied to it without breaking, is the first. The second is the materials elasticity, which is its ability to flex while returning to its original form. The third is the materials plasticity, which is its ability to change its shape permanently. The forth is the materials ductility, which is the materials ability to be deformed. How Silicon-Based Semiconductors Revolutionized Computing
Thanks to the introduction of semiconductors, computers have become over a billion times faster than one of the first built in 1946 (ENIAC). I found this research to be very fascinating at how far we have come in this industry of technology. This technology advancement has allowed us to create more powerful computing devices cheaper and more efficient than ever before. Semiconductors are elements which are intermediate between a conductor and an insulator. According to research done at Georgia Tech...