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LYCOMING COLLEGE CHEMISTRY 447 SPRING 1998

LYCOMING COLLEGE                CHEMISTRY 447            SPRING 1998

Course Description - Chemistry 447 is an introduction to and an overview of the synthesis, properties, characterization, and applications of high molecular weight materials, i.e., macromolecules.  Major emphasis in this course will be on the synthetic, as opposed to the naturally occcurring polymers.

Faculty                               Responsibilities                         Office
Dr. Henry E. Berkheimer    Lecture and Laboratory            - - -

Texts and Required Equipment
a. Text: "Introdction to Polymers", 2nd Ed., by Young and Lovell
b. Bound Laboratory Manual (Freeman)
c. Laboratory Safety Glasses
d. Lab deposit - $10 at lab checkin (refundable minus breakage at check-out)

Course Format
a. Lectures - MWF, 8:00 A.M. (HBC 215) - attendance required.
b. Homework - homework will be assigned at regular intervals and is designed to reinforce learning.  Due dates for homeowork are indicated on the syllabus but may be subject to revision.
c. Laboratory - Thursday, 1:00 - 5:00 (HBC 239) - attendance required.  A chronolgy of laboratory experiments will be issued shortly.  Laboratory experiments will be given out at least one week ahead of time; in some cases, advance lab preparation will be required.

Proper laboratory notebook recordkeeping will be stressed.

Grading Scheme
The final grade will be determined by the following weighting system:

        Homework            20%
        Laboratory            25%
        Hour exams (3)     30%
        Final Exam            25%

Letter grades will be assigned on the usual basis:

        A = 90 - 100%
        B = 80 - 89%
        C = 70 - 79%
        D = 60 - 69%
        F = <60%

Plus and minus grades will also be assigned where appropriate.  Assignment of the final grade will also be influenced by such factors as attendance and performance, particularly where a student has a borderline average.

Policy on Attendance for Exams
There will be no makeup exams.  If an exam is missed for a truly legitimate reason and the student informs me promptly, a zer will not be recorded, and other exams will be weighted more heavily.  The tentative schedule of exams is shown on the syllabus.

Office Hours
Office hours will be posted as soon as I have all students' schedules.  However, appointments for individual discussion can be made at almost any time.

Please do not hesitate to talk with me if any problems should arise.

            (WEEK OF)
DAY DATE WK# LECTURE TOPICS TEXT 
YOUNG & LOVE
HW 
DUE
EXAM

W
R
F
5 JAN 
7 JAN 
8 JAN 
9 JAN
1 Intro, terms, struct/prop relations
Applications, phys. props basics
LAB
Structure/mp, alkane mps
1.1, 1.2
 
 
 
A  

W
R
F
12 JAN 
14 JAN 
15 JAN 
16 JAN
2 Polymerizable species, Tg, Tm, & Tg/Tm
MW avgs, hydrocarbon phys props
LAB
Conformation, tacticity

 

1.3, 2.8.1

   

W
R
F
19 JAN 
21 JAN 
22 JAN 
23 JAN
3 Generalizations, examples, classifn.
Nomenclature, polymer types
LAB
Polymer types & kinetics
2.1
 
 
 
1  

W
R
F
26 JAN 
28 JAN 
29 JAN 
30 JAN
4 Review HW-1
Step vs. chain rxn. polymers
LAB
Step-rxn. plymers & polymn.

2.2, 2.3
 
 

   

W
R
F
2 FEB 
4 FEB 
5 FEB 
6 FEB
5 Step-rxn. kinetics & DP
DP control, common cond. polymers
LAB
EXAM - 1
2 E-1

W
R
F
 9  FEB 
11 FEB 
12 FEB 
13 FEB
6 Review of E-1
Chain rxn. polmn. (free radical)
LAB
Chain rxn. polmn. (f.r.)

2.4
 
 

   

W
R
F
16 FEB 
18 FEB 
19 FEB 
20 FEB
7 Chain rxn. polmn. (f.r.)
Chain rxn. polmn. (ionic)
LAB
Chain rxn. polmn. (ionic)

2.5, 2.6
 
 

   
  23 FEB SPRING  BREAK      

W
R
F
2 MAR 
4 MAR 
5 MAR 
6 MAR
8 Chain rxn. polmn. (ionic)
Chain rxn. polmn. (coord.)
LAB
Dienes, summary chain/cond. polymn.
2.7
2.9

2.8.2

3  

W
R
F
 9  MAR 
11 MAR 
12 MAR 
13 MAR
9 EXAM - 2
Review E-2
LAB
Copolymn.

2.15, 2.16
 
 

  E-2 

W
R
F
16 MAR 
18 MAR 
19 MAR 
20 MAR
10 Copolymn.
Copolymn.
LAB
Polymerization techniques

 

2.4.12-2.4.15

   

W
R
F
23 MAR 
25 MAR 
26 MAR 
27 MAR
11 Polymer solutions
Polymer solutions
LAB
Polymer solutions
3.1, 3.2, 3.3
 
 
 
4  

W
R
F
30 MAR 
 1  APR 
 2  APR 
 3  APR
12 Polymer solutions
Polymer solns. & soln. viscosity
LAB
Charactn., struct. analysis, MW defn.

3.14

3.18-3.21

5  

W
R
F
 6  APR 
 8  APR 
 9  APR 
10 APR
13 Charactn., fractionation
EXAM - 3
LAB
GOOD FRIDAY - no class
    E-3

W
R
F
13 APR 
15 APR 
16 APR 
17 APR
14 Review E-3, MW defn.
Thermal analysis
LAB
Review HW-6, odds & ends
3.17
3.5-3.10
 
 
6  


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