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Advanced Diploma in Polymer Physics

Learn about the theory and applications of Polymer technologies in manufacturing processes in this free online course.

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In this free online course in Polymer Physics you will learn about the theory and applications of Polymer technologies in various industries such as food, manufacturing and packaging. Demonstrations and assessment questions in this video-based course are designed to provide you with a comprehensive foundation in the subject. This course will be of interest to students of physics or engineering or those seeking to improve their career prospects.
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In this free Polymer Physics course, you are introduced to the world of Polymer technologies, where you will explore the universal features of polymers and the processes involved in polymeric-based technological systems. Calculations, demonstrations and assessment questions in this video-based course, are designed to provide you with a comprehensive foundation in the subject.

The course begins by introducing you to what Polymers are and the importance of studying this subject. You will then explore how Polymers are different from other molecular substances, covering topics such as: Random walk models, Polymer chains, Thermodynamics, Flory-Huggins theory, Brownian motions, Continuum mechanics and Rheology.

This course will be of interest to Physics and Chemical Engineering students, those interested in research in this area or those looking to enhance their career prospects in the industry. Start this free course today and learn more about polymeric-based technological systems.

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Polymers and Molecules

Models and Probability

Radius of Gyration

Fractal Nature of Polymers

Structure of Polymer Chain

Solution Thermodynamics

Lattice Model of Solutions

Brownian Motion

Rouse Model

Continuum Mechanics

Polymeric Systems

Polymer Rheology

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Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course you will be able to:

  • Discuss polymers, molecules and random walk models
  • Explain the Kratky Porod model and the probability density of an ideal chain
  • Summarise the Bead-Spring model, Einstein notation and the radius of gyration
  • Describe the Flory theory, fractal nature of polymers and gyration tensor
  • Demonstrate simulations of polymer chains and scattering experiments
  • Present molecular dynamic simulations and solution thermodynamics
  • Explain the lattice model of solutions and the phase behavior of liquid solutions
  • Discuss time reversal symmetry, thermal motion and the fluctuation dissipation theorem
  • Outline how the Rouse model is an extension or application of the Bead spring model
  • Trace continuum mechanics and Kuhn’s theory of rubber elasticity
  • Describe the elasticity of polymer networks and models for entangled polymeric systems


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