Polymers OpenCourseWare: The Open University's Free Bachelor Level Engineering Class on Polymers

Published Feb 01, 2009

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The Open University offers its 'Introduction to Polymers' course as free OpenCourseWare; the original course was designed for Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering students. The course explores chemical properties and uses of polymers.

Introduction to Polymers: Course Specifics

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Introduction to Polymers: Course Description

Polymers can be naturally occurring or man-made substances, which are made up of long molecular chains linked together. They are used in many areas of modern life with the most popular example probably being plastics. This course introduces students to what a polymer is made of, how they're manufactured and what types of products benefit from their existence. Specific topics include polymer behavior, polymer design, distribution of molecular mass, polymer crystallization, step and chain growth, polymer sources and methods of processing and manufacturing among other topics. The original course offered by The Open University was intended for Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering students.

This OpenCourseWare includes lecture notes, polymer industry video, and post-video notes. If you're interested in taking this free course, visit the polymer introduction course page.

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