Chemistry 104:  

Introduction to the Chemistry of Materials

This laboratory course will teach the chemistry behind materials that society depends on: 
metals
, ceramics, and polymers.
Historic and economic impacts of their manufacture and use will be considered.
Applications of advanced materials in fields such as electronics, aviation, or art will be discussed.
This course may be combined with Chemistry 103 to form a two semester sequence.
There are no prerequisites for the course.  It does not fulfill requirements for chemistry majors.

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Introduction to X-Ray Diffraction
magnet design
Periodic Table table
Nanovisualization
Exploring the Nanoworld
Bragg's Law demonstration
crystal lattice structures
simulation of lattice packing
Strange Matter (middle school students)
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"Chemistry in Art" virtual exhibition
The Scale of Things
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How Products Are Made

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What's That Stuff? chocolate ... marshmallows
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CLASS OF
MATERIAL
RELATED 
LAB EXPERIMENTS
PROPERTIES, EXAMPLES HISTORY
METALS

metal
Physical Properties of Materials
Properties of Crystals
Heat Capacities of Materials
Modification of Metal Properties
Effect of Metals on Fabric Dyeing
Standard Reduction Potentials
Composition & Properties of Alloys
Metallurgy examples from the Science Museum:
Brass ... Bronze ... Nickel alloy ... Manganese steel
... tempered Iron ... Tin ... Tantalum
Orthopaedic Metal Alloys
US Steel's automotive steel varieties
What's That Stuff? fireworks
Roman mining
iron age smelting,forging,charcoal making
Medieval ironworking
BBC blast furnace
How Steel is Made (AISI)
NOVA Samurai Sword
Hall process for Aluminum
die casting
POLYMERS

fiber

Physical Properties of Materials
Heat Capacities of Materials
Fiber Identification
Polymers from Monomers
Paper Chromatography
Effect of Metals on Fabric Dyeing
Macrogalleria of polymers
American Chemistry Council information about Plastics
case study of silicones
Physical Properties of Common Woods
Anatomy of a Paper Mill
Paper Process
plywood data
Plantware
What's That Stuff?

paper ... leather... amber ...  chewing gum ...
 adhesive tape ... Jello ... polyurethane foam ...
Lycra/Spandex ... contact lenses ... dryer sheets ...
raincoats... Silly Putty ... pencils ... erasers ...
plastic bags ... adhesive tape ... liquid bandages ... Silly String ...
golf balls ... bowling balls ... new car smell ... synthetic grass ... gasoline ... motor oil ... asphalt
early paper
Reinvention of Silk
Spartacus sites on textile industry
Industrial Revolution
BBC spinning mill
petrochemistry and synthetic polymers
nylon
Plastics Museum
DYES & PAINTS

dye
Polymers from Monomers 
Paper Chromatography
Preparation of Pigment and Paints
Effect of Metals on Fabric Dyeing
light and color

Paula Burch's web site (dyes)
Dharma Trading Company
Pigments for Oil Paints (Gamblin)
What's That Stuff?
oil paints ...  hair coloring ... henna ... ink ... tattoo ink... food coloring ... nail polish ... road markings ... self-darkening eyeglasses ... instant film  
Did Vikings navigate with polarized light?
ancient dyes
iron age dyeing
turkey red dyeing
Sir William Henry Perkin, FRS 
EuCheMS Millenium: Perkin
synthetic dyes (Fromm)
Pigments through the Ages
Egyptian blue pigment
CERAMICS

brick

Physical Properties of Materials
Heat Capacities of Materials
Identification of Metals in Ceramics
Preparation and Modification of Glass
Preparation of Concrete
The CeramicsWeb (art)
Refraction of Light
Corning specialty materials
colors of gemstones
About Porcelain Enamel
Porcelain Enamel Properties
Brick Manufacture
Self Healing Concrete
demonstration of bendable concrete
What's That Stuff?
glass ... body armor ... cement ... opals
iron age pottery
making Athenian black & red figured vases
firing black & red figured vases
Ceramics Collection at V&A Museum
faience tile from step pyramid
ancient glass: cold working, casting
ancient glass: forming, slumping, blowing
Schott glass
Corning timeline
dichroism of Lycurgus Cup
Venetian Glass
NOVA Roman Bath
WI quarries, lime industry
SEMICONDUCTORS
AND
ADVANCED
MATERIALS

LEDs
Photolithography
Molecular Beam Epitaxy
CVD Diamond
solar cell materials
nanotechnology
quantum dots
superconductors
NOVA's Making Stuff:
World's Strongest Stuff
Nature's Super-Materials
Timeline of Semiconductors in Computers

NOVA:  Materials That Changed History

Last updated: April 29, 2014