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Course Descriptions

A chemistry degree is excellent preparation for medical school and related fields, and also for careers in business, law or education. Many students, including chemistry majors, may be interested in a second major or minor in biochemistry and molecular biology. Other common choices include biology, chemical engineering and mathematics.

CHEM 582 - Physical Properties of Polymeric Materials

  • Credit Hours: 4R-0L-4C
  • Term Available: -
  • Prerequisites: CHEM 361 or CHEM 360
  • Corequisites: None

In this course the physical properties of polymeric systems will be defined in terms of the models that have been used to characterize them. The behavior of isolated polymers and polymers in solution will be mapped to macroscopic properties of bulk polymeric systems using theories such as Rotational Isomeric State and Flory’s Lattice model. Methods of molecular weight determination will be fully developed. Phase transitions will be characterized and related to polymeric and monomeric structural features. Theories of elasticity and viscoelastic behavior will be used to explain macroscopic behaviors of polymeric materials.

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