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The definitive source of course information remains the original (paper) syllabus distributed in class.


LYCOMING COLLEGE     CHEMISTRY 447     SPRING 2000

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 synthetic, as opposed to naturally occurring polymers.

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

Texts and Required Equipment

    a. Text: "Introduction to Polymers", 2nd. Ed., by Young and Lovell
    b. Bound laboratory notebook *Freeman)
    c. Electronic calculator
    d. Laboratory safety glasses
    e. Lab deposit- $10 at check in (refundable minus breakage at check-out)

Course Format
 

a. Lectures - MWF, 8:00 AM (HBC 215) - attendance required
b. Homework - homework will be assigned at regular intervals and is designed to reinforce learning. Due dates for homework will be indicated on the handout.
c. Laboratory - Thursday, 1:00 - 5:00 PM (HBC 239) - attendance required. A chronology of lab experiments is shown on the attached tentative schedule. Laboratory experiments will be given out at least a week ahead of time; in some cases, advance lab preparation may be required.
Grading Scheme

The final course grade will be determined by the following weighting system:
 
Homework  20%
Laboratory 25%
Hour Exams (3)  30%
Final Exam 25%

Letter grades will assigned on the usual basis:
 
 = 90 - 100% 
B  = 80 - 90%
C  = 70 - 79%
D  =  60 - 69%
F  =  < 60%

Plus and minus grades will also be assigned where appropriate. Assignment of final grade will also be influenced by such factors as attendance and laboratory preparation 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 zero will not be recorded, and other exams will be weighted more heavily. The tentative schedule of exams is shown on the attached schedule.

Office Hours

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

Please do not hesitate to talk with me if any problems should arise.
 
Young & Lovell Week # WEEK
BEGINNING
TOPIC(S) VERY 
TENTATIVE
LAB
1.1 1 10-Jan INTRO; STRUCT/PROP; DEFINITIONS HW-1: ORG CHEM CHECK-IN; NOTEBOOKS
THRU 2 17-Jan MW; GENLNS RE: Tg & Tm NYLON ROPE
1.3 3 24-Jan POLY CLASSN; NOMENCLATURE;
STEPWISE & CHAIN-RXN. KINETICS
POLYESTERIFCAN & HYDLS.
2.1 THRU 4 31-Jan STEP-RXN. POLYMN. HW-2: THRU STEP-RXN AIBN DECOMP.
2.3 5 07-Feb STEP-RXN. POLYMN. EXAM 1 EXAM 1
2.4 6 14-Feb CHAIN-RXN. POLYMN. F.R. STY & MMA
2.4 - 2.10 7 21-Feb CHAIN-RXN. POLYMN. ACID STY & STY+MMA
28-Feb SPRING BREAK
8 06-Mar CHAIN-RXN. POLYMN. HW-3: CHAIN RXN
EXAM 2
EXAM 2
2.15 - 2.16 9 13-Mar COPOLYMN. F.R. STY & MMA
2.4.12 - 2.4.15 10 20-Mar COPOLY & TECHNIQUES HW-4: COPOLY EMULSN. POLY STY
3.1 THRU 3.4 11 27-Mar POLY. SOLNS. HW-5: SOLNS. PVA SOLN & FILMS
3.5 THRU 3.12 12 03-Apr POLY. SOLNS. & CHARACTN. EXAM 3 EXAM 3
3.19 - 3.20 13 10-Apr CHARACTN. HW-6: CHARN. CHECK OUT
14 17-Apr

 


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