This article describes the course design and teaching methodology for a polymer chemistry and applications lecture class specifically aimed at small college and university instruction. This intermediate course for advanced undergraduates and masters level graduate students focuses on teaching the basics of polymer history, synthesis and characterization with connections to the core chemistry curriculum in a small class size environment and without a textbook. Furthermore, an extensive overview of the applications of polymeric materials gives students a connection to real life applications. The course includes polymer case studies, informational lessons on real world objects made of polymers, and demonstrations. Student presentations on how polymers are important to society help connect the course to the world around them. The course is designed to instill the knowledge necessary for students to be successful in a career in polymers. A brief discussion of course reflections and student input is also given.
Meeting Abstract 440 from 255th National Meeting and Exposition of the American-Chemical-Society (ACS) - Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water, New Orleans, LA
Furgal, Joseph, "Polymers Course for Small Colleges and Universities" (2018). Chemistry Faculty Publications. 185.
Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society