Polymer Physics OpenCourseWare: A Free Bachelor Level Materials Engineering Course on Polymer Physics by MIT

Published Jan 21, 2009

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) offers a bachelor level OpenCourseWare titled 'Polymer Physics', which comes from the actual MIT course of the same name. This course looks at three properties of polymers (transport, optical and mechanical) by considering the fundamental physical chemistry and physics of three polymer phases - solid, solution and melt. The course is designed for Materials Science and Engineering students.

Polymer Physics: Course Specifics

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Polymer Physics: Course Description

'Polymer Physics' OpenCourseWare is an introduction to the theory of polymer physics, which includes case studies of significant polymeric systems. 'Polymer Physics' examines the transport, mechanical and optical properties of polymers as well as kinetic reactions and polymerization by looking at the basic physical chemistry and physics of three polymer phases or states (solid, solution and melt). Specific topics include viscosity, polymer conductives, mechanical properties, photonic crystals, electronic polymers, optical interactions, Zimm plots, gels, Flory-Rehner theory, polymer blends and hard vs. soft solids among other topics. The course is mainly for Materials Science and Engineering students, but chemistry and other engineering students may benefit. The actual MIT course is taught by Professor Edwin (Ned) Thomas in a lecture-style format.

This OpenCourseWare includes lecture notes, assignments, essay assignment and example student essays. If you're interested in taking this free course, visit the physics of polymers course page.

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