PC Painter and MM Coleman
Essentials of Polymer Science
(DEStech Publications)

Chapter 6 (pgs 135-148 only)

Concepts that you must know:
  1. Definitions/Conepts: reactivity ratio(s), feed, instantaneous copolymer composition, composition drift
  2. Appreciate how the copolymer equation describes the copolymer composition based on the reactivity ratios and initial feed
  1. * Go through the special cases in pgs 141-142
  2. * Use the interactive module below to reproduce all special cases above
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  1. Choose the VDC/VC copolymerization (case I, or pg.159). Vary the feed and comment on the composition drift and the depletion of the VC monomer
  2. Do the same for the AN/AM copolymerization (case III, table on pg.161)
  3. Do the same for the St/MAH copolymerization (case II, table on pg 161). Additionally comment on the depletion of St or MAH monomer depending on feed.
  4. Why can you deplete either of the monomers in the St/MAH copolymerization, whereas you can not change the feed to deplete the AM in the AN/AM case?
  5. Use the 'chi' parameter in all three cases and comment of the copolymer microstructure (random, blocky, etc)