CBEMS 154 Polymer Science and Engineering (2015-2016)

CBEMS 154 Polymer Science and Engineering

(Not required for any major. Selected Elective for ChE and MSE.)
Catalog Data:

CBEMS 154 Polymer Science and Engineering (Credit Units: 4) An introduction to physical aspects of polymers, including configuration and conformation of polymer chains and characterization techniques; crystallinity, visoelasticity, rheology and processing. Prerequisite: ENGR 1A or CHEM 1A and CHEM 1B and CHEM 1C and ENGR 54. Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. (Design units: 1)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0849339295.

Recommended Textbook:


Albert Yee
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Apply knowledge of mathematics, sciences, and engineering to topics related to the synthesis and properties of polymers.

2. Communicate effectively.

3. Apply and integrate knowledge from each of the four primary elements of Materials Science and Engineering (structure, properties, processing and performance) to solve problems related to materials selection and design.

Prerequisites by Topic

General chemistry and introductory materials science

Lecture Topics:
  • Basic definition, nomenclature and classification
  • Molecular weight and distribution
  • Copolymers
  • Size and shape of molecules
  • Solution thermodynamics
  • Viscoelasticity of polymer
  • Mechanical Properties
  • Processing-structure-property relationships
  • Application of polymers in electronics, automotive, aerospace, and biomedical industries.
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:


Laboratory Projects:

In-class demonstrations.

Professional Component

This course is designed to contribute towards the Materials Science Engineering major through the engineering topics that related to the properties and applications of polymers.

Design Content Description

Applications of polymer materials in engineering systems

Lectures: 100%
Laboratory Portion: 0%
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework 10%
  • Exam 1: 15%
  • Exam 2: 25%
  • Project presentation 10%
  • Final Exam: 40%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 3.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 1.0 credit units

August 6, 2014
Senate Approved:
May 1, 2014
Approved Effective:
2014 Fall Qtr