This 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.A website for the book is available at the URL: web.mac.com/rsstein1/iWebThis contains pages describing the book, the authors, information about important polymer scientists, links to additional material, book corrections, and recent developments.
# Introduction: # Historical Background to Polymer Physics and Description of Polymer Physics Areas # Chain Statistics: # The Chain Character of Polymers Modeled on Probability Considerations, Lattice Theory of Blending Polymers # Thermodynamics: # Classical and Statistical Thermodynamic Models Applied to Polymers # Optics: # Scattering, Diffraction, Birefringence Applied to Polymers # Electricity: # Electrical Background to Conducting Polymers, Polarizability # Spectroscopy: # Infrared, Raman and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy # Rubber: # Gaussian and Non-Gaussian Models of Rubber Elasticity # Crystallization: # Nucleation/Growth and Crystalline/Amorphous Models, Polymer Crystal Morphology