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Course Information
Polymer Rheology Laboratory

Dr. Faith A. Morrison, Professor of Chemical Engineering
Chem-Sci-Eng 304A
phone 906-487-2050
email fmorriso@mtu.edu
Office hours: click here


(From the course catalog)  Basic techniques for acquisition of shear rheological data in torsional shear (cone-and-plate and parallel-plate) and capillary shear will be taught. Also covered will be sample preparation and handling techniques for polymers. Credits: 1.0 Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-3) Semesters Offered: On Demand, usually Fall. Restrictions: Permission of instructor required; May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore Pre-requisites: CM 4610(C) or CH 4610(C) or CM 4650(C).

A course in polymer rheology, CM4650, is offered alternate spring semesters (next offering 2018) and covers all the theory and background related to polymer rheology.  The two courses may be taken in either order.

Understanding Rheology, by Faith A. Morrison, Oxford University Press, 2001.  Available from Amazon.com and in the book store.   Additional supplementary materials will be supplied.

WEB PAGE:   www.chem.mtu.edu/~fmorriso/cm4655/cm4655.html


The equipment used in this class is located in the Chemical Sciences Building rooms 309 and 309A.  Laboratory safety glasses with side shields are required in the laboratory at all times, without exception.  Students are not permitted to work alone in the laboratory after 5pm or before 8am.  All students are required to pass the Department Safety test to work in the lab.  The study materials may be obtained from the Departmental Office; the exam is scheduled with Mr. Scott Wendt (srwendt@mtu.edu).

Department of Chemical Engineering safety rules must be obeyed at all times while in CM laboratories.  These are detailed in the Departmental Safety Manual, which is available on the web at  this link:  www.mtu.edu/chemical/facilities/safety/. All students must pass the departmental safety exam.

The safety rules particular to this course may be found at this link:  www.chem.mtu.edu/~fmorriso/cm4655/safety.html.  Nitrogen gas is piped into the laboratory.  The rules for air and nitrogen sarety may be found at this link:  http://pages.mtu.edu/~fmorriso/cm4655/NitrogenSafety2017.pdf.

Procedure for entering in case of emergency:


There will be two laboratory exercises to complete with your team.  There will be three team lab reports based on the laboratory data and three individual homeworks.  Each of these three reports, three homeworks) will count equally.  Ten percent of the overall grade will be on the instructor's evaluation of your laboratory and team performance.  There will be no exams and no final.

Reports should follow engineering report standards (taught in CM3215 Chemical Engineering Junior Transport Lab).  You may see my handouts on this subject at the links that follow.  Feedback on reports will be accompanied by the Report Grading Feedback form, which contains a helpful list of problems to avoid. 

Reports that violate the "Basics Checklist" rules will be returned for correction before grading.  There are instructions related to the basics checklist here:  www.chem.mtu.edu/~fmorriso/cm3215/BasicsChecklistInstructions.pdf.

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All students should be aware of the following policies.

Academic Integrity:


Academic regulations and procedures are governed by University policy. Academic misconduct cases will be handled in accordance the University's policies



Student work products (exams, essays, projects, etc.) may be used for the purposes of university, program, or course assessment. All work used for assessment purposes will not include any individual student identification

Disability Services:


If you have a disability that could affect your performance in any class or that requires an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact your instructor or Disability Services at 487-1494 as soon as possible so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Any student requiring accommodations due to a documented disability must provide the instructor of the course notification of needed accommodations no later than five business days prior to the use of the accommodations. In situations where fewer than five days’ notice is given, the instructor is encouraged, but not obligated, to provide accommodations. The instructor will determine, in consultation with the Testing Center in the Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning, whether these accommodations can be met. 

Students who have an accommodation for extended time allowed on tests shall not be required to spend more than six hours per calendar day in final examinations. For a student with an accommodation for extended time, this may reduce the limit on examinations per day to less than the normal limit of three. To resolve time conflicts between two overlapping exams (either regular exams or final examinations), the current practices of the University shall be followed

The Office of Institutional Equity and Inclusion:


The Office of Institutional Equity and Inclusion has asked that you be made aware of the following:

Michigan Technological University complies with all federal and state laws and regulations regarding discrimination, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Michigan Tech has a policy of affording equal opportunity to all of its employees, students, applicants for employment, and applicants for admission without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, height, weight, genetic information, or marital status, disabled veteran status, veteran status, or disability.

Veterans / Military


Veterans and active duty military personnel with special circumstances (e.g., upcoming deployments, drill requirements, disabilities) are welcomed and encouraged to communicate these, in advance if possible, to their instructor(s).

Equal Opportunity, Discrimination, or Harassment Statement:


For other concerns about discrimination, you may contact your advisor, Chair/Dean of your academic unit, Dean of Students Office at 487-2212 or The Office of Institutional Equity and Inclusion at 487-3310.

The diversity of the participants in this course is a valuable source of ideas, problem solving strategies, and engineering creativity.  If you feel that your contribution is not being valued for any reason, please spak with me privately.  If you wish to communicate anonymously, you may do so in writing or speak with the Department Chair.  We are all members of an academic community where it is our shared responsibility to cultivate a climate where all students/individuals are valued and where both they and their ideas are treated with respect.

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