## Topics in Polymer PhysicsThis book can serve as an introduction to students interested in learning the techniques used in developing mathematical models of physical phenomenon in polymers; or it can furnish the background information to the experienced professional desiring to broaden his/her knowledge of polymers. The senior author presented material in this book to students interested in learning the fundamental mathematics underlying many areas of polymer physics and in lectures to audiences with varying backgrounds in polymer physics. Too many times, the basic equations are presented in final form from either lack of space or the assumption that the derivation is widely disseminated and does not require repetition. A wide variety of topics are covered, from the statistical physics and thermodynamics of polymers, to the optical and electrical behavior of polymers, as well as spectroscopy techniques for polymers. |

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### Contents

Chapter 1 | 1 |

Chapter 2 | 31 |

Among the 0s | 47 |

References | 71 |

References | 80 |

Appendix 2C Radius of Gyration | 86 |

Appendix 2D Evaluation of am+n am | 92 |

Appendix 2E Restricted Rotation with Symmetrical Barrier | 99 |

References | 175 |

Appendix 3C Osmotic Pressure | 181 |

Scattering Objects | 196 |

Extensions to Concentrated Solution and Bulk Polymers | 257 |

Chapter 5 | 263 |

Chapter 6 | 285 |

Chapter 7 | 314 |

References | 348 |

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absorption Appendix applied approximation assumed atoms axis beam birefringence bond Bragg equation calculated Chapter Chem chemical potential coefficient components conformation constant copolymer crosslinking crystal defined degree of crystallinity density depends derived determined Diagram dielectric diffraction dimensions dipole displacement vector distance distribution elastic electric field electronic elongation enthalpy entropy equilibrium experimental Figure fluctuations force free energy frequency glass temperature heat increases infrared intensity interaction isotropic lattice length light scattering linear liquid material matrix measurements melting point modulus mole molecules monomer monomer units natural rubber neutron nucleation nuclei obtained optical orientation P.J. Flory partition function Phys piezoelectric plane plot polarizability polarization polyethylene polymer chain polymerization potential energy probability radiation Raman ratio refractive refractive index result rotational angles sample solution solvent spherulites spinodal decomposition statistical segment statistical weight stretching Substituting equation symmetry techniques temperature thermodynamics transition unit cell vibration volume fraction wave wavelength x-ray