This course makes students intensively read and summarize the latest papers dealing with the structures and properties of macromolecular substances, letting them get to know the latest trends in polymer physics on the basis of the fundamental knowledge of polymer science. Understanding the properties of polymer materials based on the structures is important in academics as well as industries because polymer materials have various characteristics suitable for usages in many fields such as food, clothes and housing, automobile, electronics, life science, civil engineering and construction, aerospace, and sports.
At the end of this course, students will be able to
1) Explain the characteristics of solid polymer properties.
2) Select suitable measurement methods to measure the properties and structures of solid polymers.
3) Have an understanding of the correlation between the properties and structures for solid polymers.
solid polymers, polymer structures, polymer structure analysis, physical properties of polymers
|✔ Specialist skills||Intercultural skills||Communication skills||Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
Students do the following: (1) Read an assigned paper and complete the worksheet. Their answer for the worksheet should be submitted via OCW before attending the class. (2) Revise their answers after discussion in the class. (3) Prepare the review of the paper according to the worksheet. (4) Peer-review the completed review in the class. (5) Revise the review at the comments in the peer-review.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Structure of Scientific Papers; Introduction of Paper 1||Students confirm knowledge of the structure of scientific papers required on reading papers.|
|Class 2||Discussion based on the worksheet for Paper 1||Students submit one's worksheet and give comments for another student's worksheet.|
|Class 3||Peer-review of the review of Paper 1||Students submit one's review of Paper 1 and give comments for another student's review.|
|Class 4||Review of the Review of Paper 1; Introduction of Paper 2||The teacher lets the class see the reviews and has discussions about the students’ reviews with students.|
|Class 5||Discussion based on the worksheet for Paper 2||Students submit one's worksheet and give comments for another student's worksheet.|
|Class 6||Peer-review of the review of Paper 2||Students submit one's review of Paper 2 and give comments for another student's review.|
|Class 7||Review of the review of Paper 2||The teacher lets the class see the reviews and has discussions about the students’ reviews with students.|
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.
No textbook is set.
D. I. Bower, An Introduction to Polymer Physics，Cambridge Univ. Press, 2002, ISBN 0-521-63721-X
I. M. Ward, J. Sweemey, Mechanical Properties of Solid Polymers (3rd Ed.) Wiley, 2013 ISBN978-1-444-31950-7
P.C. Hiemenz, T.P. Lodge, Polymer Chemistry (2nd Ed.), CRC Press, 2007 ISBN1-57444-779-3
Activities in class and the assignment.
Students must have successfully completed Introduction to Polymer Physical Chemistry，or have equivalent knowledge. It is desirable that students have successfully completed Polymer Physics III (Rheology), or have equivalent knowledge.