Polymer Physics 1
Module version of WS 2014/5
There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.
Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.
|available module versions|
|WS 2021/2||WS 2020/1||WS 2019/20||WS 2018/9||WS 2017/8||WS 2014/5||WS 2010/1|
PH2046 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered in winter semester.
This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.
- Specific catalogue of special courses for condensed matter physics
- Specific catalogue of special courses for Applied and Engineering Physics
- Complementary catalogue of special courses for nuclear, particle, and astrophysics
- Complementary catalogue of special courses for Biophysics
If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.
|Total workload||Contact hours||Credits (ECTS)|
|150 h||75 h||5 CP|
Responsible coordinator of the module PH2046 in the version of WS 2014/5 was Christine Papadakis.
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
This module gives an introduction into polymer physics: 1. Traditional and modern applications of polymers: from plastics to functional materials. 2. Nomenclature for the description of polymers and statistical models to describe the chain conformation. 3. Methods for the characterization of the molar mass and the radius of gyration of polymers in solution. 4. Phase diagrams of polymer solutions and blends: thermodynamic description, discussion of the free energy, construction of phase diagrams, description of demixing mechanisms. 5. Mechanical properties of polymers: methods and moduli, creep, relaxatin and oscillatory experiments, viscoelastic polymer melts and cross-linked rubber. 6. Electrical properties of polymers: conducting polymers, preparation, conduction mechanisms, applications.
After succesful participation of this modul, the student is able to 1. remember traditional and modern applications of polymers, 2. to understand the nomenclature of polymers, 3. to understand models for the chain conformation of a single polymer, 4. to assess methods for the characterization of polymers in solution, 5. to analyze phase diagrams of polymer solutions and blends, 6. to assess characteristic properties of polymer melts, e.g. mechanical and electric properties
No special preconditions are necessary, apart from those needed for the admission to the master program.
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Courses and Schedule
|VO||2||Polymer Physics 1||
Assistants: Körstgens, V.
Tue, 10:00–12:00, PH II 127
|UE||2||Exercise to Polymer Physics 1||
Responsible/Coordination: Müller-Buschbaum, P.
|dates in groups||
|RE||2||Lecturer's consulting hour to Polymer Physics I||Müller-Buschbaum, P.||dates in groups|
Learning and Teaching Methods
Lecture, beamer presentation, blackboard, exercises individual and in groups
M. Rubinstein, R.H. Colby: Polymer Physikcs, Oxford 2003. G. Strobl: The Physics of Polymers. Concepts for Understanding their Structures and Behavior: Concepts for Understanding Their Structures and Behavior; Springer, Berlin; Auflage: 3rd rev. and exp. ed. (Februar 2007) U. W. Gedde: Polymer Physics; Springer-Verlag GmbH; Auflage: 1 (September 2007) J.M.G. Cowie: Polymers: Chemistry & Physics of Modern Materials, CRC 1991. 22. IFF-Ferienkurs: Physik der Polymere; Forschungszentrum Jülich (1991), ISBN 3-89336-055-7
Description of exams and course work
In an oral exam the learning outcome is tested using comprehension questions and sample problems.
In accordance with §12 (8) APSO the exam can be done as a written test. In this case the time duration is 60 minutes.
The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester. There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.
Current exam dates
Currently TUMonline lists the following exam dates. In addition to the general information above please refer to the current information given during the course.
|Exam to Polymer Physics 1|
|Tue, 2021-09-28||Dummy-Termin. Wenden Sie sich zur individuellen Terminvereinbarung an die/den Prüfer(in). Anmeldung für Prüfungstermin zwischen Di, 28.09.2021 und Sa, 23.10.2021. Die Lehrveranstaltungen des Moduls fanden im WS 2020/1 statt. Melden Sie sich bitte nur an, wenn Sie die Prüfung verbindlich auch nach Lektüre der Informationen unter https://www.tum.de/die-tum/aktuelles/coronavirus/pruefungen/ ablegen werden. // Dummy date. Contact examiner for individual appointment. Registration for exam date between Tue, 2021-09-28 and Sat, 2021-10-23. The courses of this module where offered in WS 2020/1. See https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/coronavirus/coronavirus-exams/ for further information and only register after reading!||till 2021-09-27|