Physical properties of materials

This section introduces the meaning of each of the following physical properties and, where applicable, their units of measurement. It is likely that the teaching of this and the first topic (Mechanical properties of materials) will overlap. Most of these are probably more familiar from KS4 teaching than the technical terms applying to mechanical properties, although a more mathematical approach is needed.

  • density
  • melting point
  • thermal conductivity
  • electrical conductivity (resistivity)
  • thermal expansion
  • corrosion resistance