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148 Polymer Physics
units (3-0-6); third term
Prerequisite: Ch/ChE 147 or instructor's permission. An introduction to the physics that govern polymer structure
and dynamics in liquid and solid states, and to the physical
basis of characterization methods used in polymer science.
The course emphasizes the scaling aspects of the various physical
properties. Topics include conformation of a single polymer
chain under different solvent conditions; dilute and semi-dilute
solutions; thermodynamics of polymer blends and block copolymers;
rubber elasticity; polymer gels; linear viscoelasticity of
polymer solutions and melts; glass transition and crystallization. Instructor: Wang. Given in alternate years; not offered 2007-08.