January 07, 2019, BY Matt Hughes

Build knowledge through destruction in this Bucknell Cool Class.

To make great stuff, sometimes you have to break stuff. UNIV 264, a course in materials science taught by Professor Tim Raymond, chemical engineering, takes this maxim to the extreme. In Raymond's class, students study the materials that make up everyday products by melting, crushing, snapping, tearing and smashing them to bits. In doing so, they learn how these materials work at the molecular level, and why selecting the right material is such an important part of manufacturing. Open to all majors, this Cool Class offers students from across Bucknell's campus a chance to get their hands on the College of Engineering's impact testers, high-temperature furnaces and other research-grade equipment — ensuring the destruction happens in a controlled and safe environment.

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