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Title: Incorporating the Use of a Materials Database into a Materials Science and Engineering Freshman Course
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Award ID(s):
1654182
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NSF-PAR ID:
10343833
Journal Name:
ASEE annual conference
ISSN:
0190-1052
Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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