2022 Exercises in Basic of Polymer Science II

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Undergraduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Ishige Ryohei  Ishizone Takashi  Kubo Tomohiro  Tokita Masatoshi 
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Course description and aims

In this lecture, the exercise about organic and physical chemistry will be carried out alternately to understand basic knowledge for polymer chemistry. In organic chemistry part, the exercise related to "Organic Chemistry V (Carbonyl Compounds)", and "Organic Chemistry VI (Amines)" will be carried out. The focus topics of organic chemistry part are shown below; I. carboxylic acid derivatives and nucleophilic acyl substitution, II. carbonyl α-substitution reactions, III. carbonyl condensation reactions, IV. amines and heterocyclic compounds, and pericyclic reactions.
In physical chemistry part, physical properties of polymer and related parts of physical chemstry will be practiced. By understanding rubber elasticity, the concepts of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics in polymer physics will be introduced.
The practice examination will be carried out every class to confirm the understanding level about total topics.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this lecture, in organic chemistry part, students will acquire the ability to understand basic organic chemistry about carboxylic acid derivatives, nucleophilic acyl substitution, carbonyl α-substitution and condensation, amines and heterocyclic compounds, pericyclic reactions, and solve the related practice problems. In physical chemistry part, the students will develop their understanding and ablitiy of discussion about the physical properties of polymer by dealing with the knowledge of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics.


Nucleophilic acyl substitution, carbonyl α-substitution reactions, carbonyl condensation reactions, aldol reactions, Claisen condensations, Micheal additions, amines, heterocyclic compounds, pericyclic reactions, thermodynamics first law, thermodynamics second law, Gibbs free energy, enthalpy, entropy, distribution function, rubber elasticity

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

The every time exercise will be carried out in this lecture. The focus topics of organic chemistry part are shown below: I. carboxylic acid derivatives and nucleophilic acyl substitution, II. carbonyl α-substitution reactions, III. carbonyl condensation reactions, IV. amines and heterocyclic compounds, and pericyclic reactions. In physical chemistry part, the class will be made by a set of small test and its solution provided by the instructor.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Carboxylic acid derivatives and nucleophilic acyl substitution Explain synthesis of carboxylic acids and nucleophilic acyl substitution.
Class 2 Thermodynamics of rubber elasticity Evaluate the rubber elasticity; one of the most characteristic mechanical properties for polymeric materials, quantitatively on the basis of thermodynamics.
Class 3 Carbonyl α-substitution reactions Explain carbonyl α-substitution reactions
Class 4 Thermodynamics first law Predict energy change in various physical and chemical changes in polymer materials on the basis of a law of energy conservation and enthalpy.
Class 5 Carbonyl condensation reactions Explain carbonyl condensation reactions
Class 6 Thermodynamics second law By using entropy and Gibbs free energy, evaluate spontaneity in physical and chemical change (reaction) in polymer materials quantitatively.
Class 7 Amines and heterocyclic compounds, and pericyclic reactions Explain synthesis and reactions of amines and heterocyclic compounds, together with pericyclic reactions.
Class 8 Statistical mechanics Learn how to distribution of the states and various thermodynamic parameters predict by using Boltzmann distribution and the partition functions.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


McMurry Organic Chemistry, international edition of 9th revised edition (Cengage Learning) ISBN: 9784807909131, 9784807909148, Atkins' Physical Chemistry Japanese Edition 8th or 10th.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Study Guide with Student Solutions Manual for McMurry's Organic Chemistry, 9th edition (Cengage Learning) ISBN: 9784807909155, Essential polymer science ISBN: 9784061533103, Polymer chemistry ISBN: 9784782705445

Assessment criteria and methods

Organic chemistry part: Practice problems and interpretation for confirming the level of understanding (85%), level of class participation (15%)
Physical chemistry part: small test and exercise

Related courses

  • CAP.B315 : Organic Chemistry V (Carbonyl Compounds)
  • CAP.B316 : Organic Chemistry VI (Amines)
  • CAP.B216 : Physical Chemistry I (Thermodynamics)
  • CAP.P202 : Statistical Mechanics for Polymers

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

The condition of the study will not be made, but it is desirable to study Organic Chemistry I (Alkanes), Organic Chemistry II (Alkenes), Organic Chemistry III (Aromatic Compounds), and Organic Chemistry IV (Nucleophilic Substitution), Organic Chemistry V (Carbonyl Compounds), Thermodynamics I (law of thermodynamics), Statistical Mechanics for Polymers.

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

tishizon[at]polymer.titech.ac.jp (Takashi Ishizone), kubo[at]mac.titech.ac.jp (Tomohiro Kubo), ishige.r.aa[at]m.titech.ac.jp (Ryohei Ishige), tokita.m.aa[at]m.titech.ac.jp (Masatoshi Tokita)

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