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Syllabus: Polymer Analysis
Quarter: Fall, 1999 Tuesday/Thursday 11-12:15
Instructor: Prof. Gregory Beaucage
540 ERC/410B Rhodes
1) "Polymer Characterization, Physical Techniques" D. Campbell
and J. R. White, 1989. (Chapter References Below)
2) "Data Reduction and Error Analysis for the Physical Sciences", P. R.
Bevington, McGraw-Hill, New York, 1969.
3) "Introduction to Physical Polymer Science", Sperling
4) "Polymer Chemistry", Young
5) "Polymer Characterization", B. J. Hunt and M. I. James, 1993.
One copy on 1-day reserve in Chemistry Library
6) "X-ray Diffraction in Polymers", Alexander, 19
Several sections will be copied
8) Some Web Sites
Synopsis of Course: Some of the major analytic tools for polymers will be covered. Emphasis is on the physical basis of analytic techniques.
1. Introduction. (Chapter 1, Chapter 1 of Hunt and James and class notes).
Levels of Characterization "Choose the right tool for the job".
Characteristics of Polymers
2. Error Analysis. (Bevington or other statistical analysis book)
Propagation of error, simple statistical descriptions and models for data.
3. Thermal Analysis (Chapter 12).
4. Radiation as an Analytic Tool, an Overview (Chapter 3).
The Electro-Magnetic Spectrum
(Radiation As an Analytic Tool.html)
5. IR/Raman Spectroscopy in Polymers (Chapter 5).
Fourier Transform Instruments
6. NMR for Polymers (Chapter 6).
Solution NMR, proton, 13C
7. XRD. (Chapter 8, Alexander).
Degree of Crystallinity
8. Elastic Scattering . (Chapter 2 [2.2.2], Chapter 11[11.5]).
9. Summary .
Weekly Quiz (60%) Closed Book Each Friday
Final Exam (30%) on Designated Day (Comprehensive)
Computer Program or Detailed Notebook with outside references (10%).