**Polymer Properties**

**PP10. Solutions to Problems**

Problem PP1.1.

a) With a shorter elution time, **I**
has a higher molecular weight than **II**. The narrower peak
means that **I** has a narrower dispersity than **II**.

b) With a shorter elution time, **III**
has a higher molecular weight than **IV**. The wider peak
means that **III** has a broader dispersity than **IV**.

c) With a higher elution time, **V**
has a lower molecular weight than **VI**. The wider peak
means that **V** has a broader dispersity than **VI**.

Problem PP1.2.

a) repeat unit: 109 x (C_{4}H_{6}O_{2})
= 109 x 86.09 g/mol = 9,383.81 g/mol

end groups: C_{9}H_{11}
+ Br = 119.19 + 79.9 = 199.09 g/mol

total: 9,383.81 + 199.09 = 9,582.90 g/mol

b) repeat unit: 763 x (C_{8}H_{8}) = 763 x 104.15 g/mol
= 79,466.45 g/mol

end groups: C_{4}H_{9}
+ H = 57.12 + 1.008 = 58.13 g/mol

total: 79,466.45 + 58.13 = 79,524.58 g/mol

c) repeat unit: 48 x (C_{4}H_{6}O_{2})
= 48 x 86.09 g/mol = 4,132.32 g/mol

end groups: C_{4}H_{9}
+ C_{7}H_{5}S_{2} = 57.12 + 153.26 = 210.38 g/mol

total: 4,132.32 + 210.38 = 4,342.70 g/mol

Problem PP1.3.

The ratio of the repeat unit integral per proton to theend group proton per integral gives the degree of polymerization. We could take the entire integral of the end group and divide it by the entire number of protons in that group, or select one position to represent the end group. Similarly, we can select one position to represent the repeat unit.

a) repeat unit integral per proton = 36.0 / 2H = 18

end group integral per proton = 0.32 / 2H = 0.16

degree of polymerization = 18/0.16 = 112

b) repeat unit integral per proton = 26.0 / 1H = 26

end group integral per proton = 1.32 / 9H = 0.15

degree of polymerization = 26/0.15 = 173

c) repeat unit integral per proton = 54.0 / 4H = 13.5

end group integral per proton = 0.49 / 1H = 0.49

degree of polymerization = 13.5/0.49 = 28

Problem PP2.1.

α is the slope, which is [rise]/[run]. That's approximately [4.0-2.4]/[6.6-4.4] = 1.6/2.2 = 0.73.

*K* is the y-intercept. The equation for a
straight line is y = mx +b; in this case, y = 0.73x + b. If we choose a
point on the line, such as (x,y) = (4.9, 2.0), we can substitute those values on
for x and y to get b.

So 2.0 = 0.73(4.9) + b, or b = 2.0 - 3.56 = -1.56.

Problem PP2.2.

If the molecular weight is a million g/mol, then log(*M _{w}*) = 6.
Interpolating, log([η]) = 4, or [η] = 10,000 ml/g.

Problem PP2.3.

If the intrinsic viscosity, [η] = 800 ml/g, then
log([η]) = 2.9.
Interpolating, log(*M _{w}*) = 5.1, or

Problem PP2.4.

Ethylene glycol can form hydrogen bonds at either end of the molecule, forming a supramolecular assembly much like a polymer. As a result, it has much greater drag in solution, higher viscosity.

Problem PP3.1.

Honey is a concentrated solution of simple sugars, which are small molecules. Molasses, although similar to honey in some ways, also contains starches, which are polymers. This polymeric content leads to shear-thinning behaviour.

Problem PP4.1.

a) There is a glass transition at around -18°C.

b) There is a melting point at around 125°C.

c) There is a glass transition at around -4°C.

d) There is a glass transition at around 117°C and a melting point at around 146°C.

Problem PP5.1.

a) *T _{g}* is observed at around 78°C,

b) *T _{g}* is observed at around 134°C
and

c) * T _{m}* is observed at around
194°C
and

d) *T _{g}* is observed at around
123°C, but

Problem PP6.1.

Problem PP6.2.

a) d = (2 x 3.14) / 0.40 = 16 Å; d = (2 x 3.14) / 0.70 = 9.0 Å

b) d = (2 x 3.14) / 0.25 = 25 Å; d = (2 x 3.14) / 0.85 = 7.4 Å

c) d = (2 x 3.14) / 0.25 = 25 Å; d = (2 x 3.14) / 0.52 = 12 Å; d = (2 x 3.14) / 0.66 = 10 Å

Problem PP7.1.

a) ultimate tensile strength = 800 Pa; strain at break = 55%

b) ultimate tensile strength = 750 Pa; strain at break = 215%

c) ultimate tensile strength = 220 Pa; strain at break = 120%

Problem PP7.2.

a) E = σ / ε = 180 Pa / 0.30 = 600 Pa

b) E = σ / ε = 450 Pa / 0.15 = 3,000 Pa

c) E = σ / ε = 50 Pa / 0.25 = 200 Pa

d) E = σ / ε = 75 Pa / 0.30 = 250 Pa

Problem PP7.3.

Problem PP8.1.

1 Pa = 1 Pa

1 kPa = 1,000 Pa

1 MPa = 1,000,000 Pa

1GPa = 1,000,000,000 Pa

Problem PP9.1.

a) glassy: storage modulus = 15 MPa; loss modulus = 70 kPa

rubbery: storage modulus = 7 MPa; loss modulus = 80 kPa

b) glassy: storage modulus = 600 kPa; loss modulus = 140 kPa

rubbery: storage modulus = 130 kPa; loss modulus = 150 kPa

c) glassy: storage modulus = 320 kPa; loss modulus = 80 kPa

rubbery: storage modulus = 70 kPa; loss modulus = 70 kPa

Problem PP9.2.

a) 89 °C

b) 170 °C

c) 124 °C

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