Tennessee Technological University

Chemistry Department

CHEM 4210/5210 Chemistry of Polymers

CHEM 4210/5210001, MW, 1:25-2:50 PM, Foster Hall 406, 3 credit hours, Fall 2014

Instructor: David J. Crouse Office: Foster Hall 313
dcrouse@tntech.edu Telephone: 931-372-3515

Office hours: By appointment

Prerequisites: CHEM 3020 (Organic Chemistry II) and one semester of Physical Chemistry.

Texts and References:


       Introduction to Polymers, Robert J. Young & Peter A. Lovell, CRC Press, 3rd edition, ISBN = 978-0-8493-3929-5 (paper), 978-1-4398-9195-7 (ebook)

Course Description: This course is an examination of the preparation, structure, and physical and chemical properties of organic polymers. The experimental determination of average molar mass and correlation to macroscopic properties is also studied.  Topics also include the thermal and viscoelastic behavior of polymeric materials.

Course Objectives: Polymers or macromolecules represent a significant portion of activity in the chemical industry and our daily lives. Our modern world would be totally different without artificial fibers, plastics, elastomers, etc. Roughly 60% of industrial chemists and engineers will work with polymeric materials. Plastics and monomeric precursors represent over 16 billion dollars in U.S. exports each year, approximately 35% of the national 'trade balance'. From this data and our daily experience, it should be obvious that no chemist (or chemical engineer) can be considered adequately trained without some introduction to this field.
Polymer science is an intensive field unto itself, incorporating aspects of organic and physical chemistry and chemical and mechanical engineering. Many universities have science and engineering departments devoted solely to polymeric materials. Polymers can be organic or inorganic, natural or synthetic. The complexity of this subject requires that we draw from a wide variety of disciplines. This course is intended to provide the student with a brief introduction to this complex field. Our concentration will be primarily on the physical and chemical principles, which govern the preparation and properties of macromolecules. We will also examine how the properties of polymers are analyzed and correlated to structure.

Major Teaching Methods: Lecture, Reading, Text Problems, and an Independent Project.

Special Instructional Platform/Materials: TTUs online instructional technology platform iLearn is used in this course.

Topics to be Covered (Lecture Schedule)

Grading and Evaluation Procedures:

Your course grade will be computed as follows:

Problems = 25% Assigned problems from the chapters and handouts will be turned in for grading. 

Independent Project = 20% A literature or laboratory project - requirements are dependent on the course credit level. 

Mid-Term Exam = 25%  Short answer, multiple choice and arithmetic problems from the term to date.

Final Exam = 30% Similar to the mid-term, but comprehensive over the entire term with an emphasis on material since mid-term.

The letter grade will be based on the following minimum scale. 
A: 90-100%
B: 80- 90%
C: 70-80%
D: 60-70%
F: < 60%

Academic Misconduct:

Cheating will absolutely not be tolerated in CHEM 4210/5210 or any other TTU course. Please consult the Student Handbook to learn the University policy on cheating and what options are available to the instructor in cases of cheating.

University Plagiarism Policy:
When you use (for example, quote or even summarize or paraphrase) someone elses media, words, data, ideas, or other works, you must cite your source. You should be especially careful to avoid plagiarizing Internet sources (for example, e-mail, chat rooms, Web sites, or discussion groups). It does not matter whether you borrow material from print sources, from the Internet, from on-line databases, or from interviews. Failure to cite your source is plagiarism. Students who plagiarize may receive an F or a 0 for the assignment, or an F" for the course. https://www.tntech.edu/handbooks/ttustudenthandbook/academic-regulations             

Attendance Policy: Attendance is expected at all lecture periods.

Disability Accommodation: Students with a disability requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS). An Accommodation Request (AR) should be completed as soon as possible, preferably by the end of the first week of the course. The ODS is located in the Roaden University Center, Room 112; phone 372-6119. (Disability Accommodation Policy and Procedures - Tennessee Tech University Faculty Handbook and Student Handbook https://www.tntech.edu/studentaffairs/disability/)