Sports equipment uses almost every type of material imaginable, as athletes and designers leverage state-of-the-art materials to maximize human efficiency, performance, comfort and safety. As something most people have some familiarity with, it is an excellent subject for an exploration of material characteristics, selection, design, and failure.
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Engineering Sciences 008: Materials in Sports Equipment is an undergraduate-level course for engineering majors and non-majors. It covers all types of materials used in sports equipment, past and present, and introduces materials science concepts in a way that is accessible and useful. It exercises students' critical thinking, quantitative and communication skills. In-class demonstrations, group exercises and an independent final project allow students to explore the subjects of microstructure, selection, and behavior material in a 'hands-on' way.