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Introduction to polymers
Introduction to polymers

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Learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • isolate the key design features of a product which relate directly to the material(s) used in its construction

  • indicate how the properties of polymeric materials can be exploited by a product designer

  • describe the role of rubber-toughening in improving the mechanical properties of polymers

  • identify the repeat units of particular polymers and specify the isomeric structures which can exist for those repeat units

  • estimate the number- and weight-average molecular masses of polymer samples given the degree of polymerisation and mass fraction of chains present.