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Lecture Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.
Lab (5 Sections)

Tuesday: 11-1 , 1-3
Thursday: 9-11 , 11-1 , 1-3

Lecture Location 1252 Howe Hall
Instructor Eliseo De León
Office 2220W Hoover
Phone (515) 294-5127
Office Hours Monday 1-2pm (or by appointment)
  • Brief description of the course:
    Overview of polymer chemical composition, microstructure, thermal and mechanical properties, rheology, and principles of polymer materials selection. Intensive laboratory experiments include chemical composition studies, microstructural characterization, thermal analysis, and mechanical testing. Prerequisites: Mat E 351.

  • Use the following textbook for your reference (recommended):
    Brazel, C. S., Rosen, S. L. Fundamental Principles of Polymeric Materials, 3rd Ed., John Wiley and Sons, New York, 2012.

  • Your grades will be posted on Blackboard Learn:

  1. Engineering Outcomes, the student will:
    • Understand major types of polymeric materials and their primary applications.
    • Measure and interpret major physical and mechanical properties of polymers and understand their origin.
    • Select and understand major polymer characterization and mechanical testing techniques and their strengths and limitations.
    • Search, analyze and compare data on physical and mechanical properties.

  2. Broader Outcomes, the student will:
    • Demonstrate improved report-writing skills, communication skills, ability to work in small groups, and delivery of clear oral presentations.


Component Amount Percentage
Formal Lab Reports 4 20%
Memo Lab Reports 4 10%
PowerPoint Presentation 2 20%
Poster Presentation 2 15%
Midterm Exam 1 15%
Final Exam 1 15%
Attendance and Participation N/A 5%
Total 100%


Letter Grade Range
A 93.1 - 100
A- 90.1 - 93.0
B+ 87.1 - 90.0
B 83.1 - 87.0
B- 80.1 - 83.0
C+ 77.1 - 80.0
C 73.1 - 77.0
C- 70.1 - 73.0
D+ 67.1 - 70.0
D 63.1 - 67.0
D- 60.1 - 63.0
F Below  60.0%
  • There will be 12 laboratory reports by each group. Four reports will require a “Formal Lab Report” format, four will require a “Memo Lab Report” format, two posters and two will be in the form of a PowerPoint presentation.

  • Each person will rate the effort of their group mates on each laboratory report for all members of the group. Ideally, for a group of four students, each student should have a 25% effort. The score given to a particular student will be calculated as follows:

    Student grade = 75% of the report score + (25% of the report score * n),
    where n is the average reported effort divided by the expected effort.

    For example, if a report score is 80% and the average effort rating for a student on a team of 4 is 20%, then the students score is:


    However, if the student’s effort in the same example were 30%, the students score is:


All students are expected to practice and display a high level of personal and professional integrity. During examinations each student should conduct himself in a way that avoids even the appearance of cheating.

Any academic misconduct will be dealt with under the Iowa State University’s policy on academic dishonesty. Anyone suspected of academic dishonesty will be reported to the
Dean of Students Office and held to the policies of the College of Engineering. The result could be a failing grade and/or dismissal.


  1. Students are encouraged to ask questions and participate in lectures, labs, and discussions to make the learning process lively and enriching.

  2. Please leave all cell phones and electronic communication devices turned off and put away during class and lab.

  3. Iowa State University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Sect 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. If you have a disability and anticipate needing accommodations in this course, please contact the instructor to set up a meeting within the first two weeks of the semester or as soon as you become aware of your need. Before meeting with the instructor, you will need to obtain SAAR form with recommendations for accommodations from the Disability Resources Office, located in Room 1076 on the main floor of the Student Services Building. Their telephone number is 515-294-7220 or email Retroactive requests for accommodations will not be honored.

  4. The policy of the University regarding withdrawals and incomplete will be adhered to strictly. The instructor may be consulted for any clarifications regarding this course and related academic matters.

  5. This class follows the Iowa State University Dead Week policy as noted in section 10.6.4 of the Faculty Handbook.

  6. Iowa State University strives to maintain our campus as a place of work and study for faculty, staff, and students that is free of all forms of prohibited discrimination and harassment based upon race, ethnicity, sex (including sexual assault), pregnancy, color, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or status as a U.S. veteran. Any student who has concerns about such behavior should contact his/her instructor, Student Assistance at 515-294-1020 or email, or the Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance at 515-294-7612.

  7. If an academic or work requirement conflicts with your religious practices and/or observances, you may request reasonable accommodations. Your request must be in writing, and your instructor or supervisor will review the request. You or your instructor may also seek assistance from the Dean of Students Office or the Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance.

  8. If you are experiencing, or have experienced, a problem with any of the above issues, email





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