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MatEdU Module: Iron and Steel—Properties and Applications

Many students are unfamiliar with the specifics related to the structure, properties and compositions of steels in common use. This module provides an introduction to iron and steel, and discusses relative strength of products, magnetic properties, crystal structure and introduces stainless steels and other alloy steels. Students learn about iron and steel through discussions, demonstrations and suggested optional activities. Cost is also introduced and related to the increased cost of processing stronger and stronger alloys. Designed for up to one class period, the unit may be adapted for any grade level between 10th and introductory college classes. No laboratory is needed and optional activities investigate objects in the classroom as well as objects at home, if desired.
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Developer NSF Materials Science Resource Center MST - Monroe Hall 20000 68th Avenue West Lynnwood, WA 98036-5999
Thomas Stoebe, Author
Student Level High school or above
Activities Demonstration, discussion, calculations, optional activities
Topic Iron, Steel, Magnetism, Structure, Properties
Format HTML, pdf
MatEdU Core Competencies 2C. Apply laboratory skills
7A. Identify the general nature of metals
8C. Perform visual and non‐destructive testing methods for solids 9.A Define and describe constituents, properties and processing of steels 16.A Explain the effects of processing and manufacturing variations on material properties
Instruction Time 50 -100 min
Supplies and Equipment Sample metal products
Large magnet
Small magnet
Available From
Cost 0
Date 2009-09-03
Original Reviewer Tom Stoebe
Updated Review By Hsien-Lin Huang
Date Of Record Creation 2009-09-04 00:19:09
Date Of Record Release 2009-09-04 00:23:39
Date Last Modified 2016-01-06 14:51:26

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